There are tough times ahead for Cumbria County Council. Having already made or agreed to cuts of £64 million in the past 2 years, the council has now announced they're looking for further cuts that could come to as much as another £50 million.
The latest cuts come as the authority tries to balance the books in the face of reduced funding from central government. A public consultation has now been launched to find out what people think of the planned reduction in services and the possibility of paying more council tax.
In the consultation document, the council leader Eddie Martin has appealed for people to give their views.
– Council Leader Eddie Martin
"We do need to hear from you. Remember we make decisions in your name but consultations like this are a great way for you to make sure your Councillors know how you feel and what you value most. I look forward to hearing from you."
As well as changes to how the council does it's internal business, the options being presented at the moment include tangible cuts, such as a reduction to 'career information, advice and guidance services' for young people.
Unison fear that the cuts will lead to further job cuts and a reductions to front line services. There are fears that services such as libraries, fire stations and recycling centres will be at risk, but the council claim that nothing has been decided at this stage.