The leader of Cumbria County Council has issued a stark warning - that further cuts to the authority's budget are inevitable, and it will be "impossible to protect" frontline services.
Councillor Stewart Young made the comments as the Chancellor, George Osborne, is set to announce further cuts to local authority funding in his emergency budget this Wednesday.
Cllr Young says the Council may have to save £22 million more than was expected, by 2019:
1,800 are already going at the council, and voluntary redundancy could now be offered to a wider circle of people, in light of the expected new cuts, including those who work in Adult and Children's Services.
Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has defended his party's austerity measures: