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Cumbrian petrol station could get tax rebate

Rural petrol stations could claim back 5p per litre in tax Credit: PA

A petrol station in Cumbria could claim back up to 5p per litre in tax within a few months.

Moorland Service Station Ltd, in Kirkby-in-Furness, could benefit from a scheme by the government to bring down fuel prices in rural areas.

The proposals need approval from the European Council before they can be implemented.


Exporting haggis to USA would 'make Borders butchers millionaires'

Exporting Haggis to the USA and Canada has been banned since 1971 Credit: ITV Border

The ability to export haggis to the USA and Canada would make independent Scottish Butchers millionaires, claims a champion haggis making butcher from Hawick.

Lindsay Grieve supplies his family recipe haggis around the world, but exporting haggis to the USA and Canada is prohibited due to an import ban on sheep lung products.

Conservative peer Lord McColl raised the issue during Question Time in the House of Lords today, calling for the Government to put pressure on the American administration to lift the ban, which has been in place since 1971.

Lindsay Grieve makes haggis in his Hawick Butchers shop Credit: ITV Border

Border's butcher Mr Grieve says removing the ban would open up a huge market.

"I've been in business for 26 years and during that time we have been trying to get haggis into America and Canada, but it's not allowed.

"There are some communities where the population is bigger than Scotland and to get haggis into them could make us millionaires, it could be our saviour."

– Mr Grieve, Borders Butcher

Cone-tinuing sales of ice cream

Ice cream sellers have until the end of the month to apply for their summer spot Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

We may be in the middle of winter, but the Lake District National Park Authority is asking ice cream sellers to bid for the best spots ahead of the summer season.

15 million people come to the lakes every year and good pitches for ice cream vans can be a big money spinner for the ice cream sellers.

They have until the end of the month to apply.

Workers walkout: Carlisle Settle rail line

Workers are protesting redundancies Credit: PA

Workers on the historic Carlisle Settle rail line have walked out again as part of a long-running dispute over compulsory redundancies.

The 24-hour stoppage began at midnight.

The employees are members of the RMT rail union and provide a trolly catering service on the Northern Rail trains that use the line.

They are protesting the Settle and Carlisle Development Company's decision to make redundancies.

Jobs cut at MOD Eskmeals

The number of employees at MOD Eskmeals will be reduced as part of money-saving plans announced by the Ministry of Defence.

QinetiQ, the company that runs MOD Eskmeals on behalf of the MoD, released a statement saying that the site will stay open and that 34 jobs will remain there.

However 44 jobs are to be cut, with employees either facing compulsory redundancy or reemployment within the company.

The cuts will reportedly save the MOD £3million a year.

"We are sorry that this decision has had to be taken which supports the Government’s drive to reduce budgets and make savings. These changes will lead to a £3 million saving to the MOD.

“The site will not be closing, 34 employees will remain in place, and work will continue. When necessary, there will also be the ability to increase numbers at the site temporarily for additional testing."

– QinetiQ spokesperson


Council leader: lessons can be learned from nuclear management shake-up

The coming changes to Sellafield management should be seen as an "opportunity" to learn according to the leader of Copeland Council.

In a statement, Cllr Elaine Woodburn praised what she called the Nuclear Management Partners "progress" until this point, while recognising a need for change.

"...I think we can all accept that though this model has been successful, it is not the right way forward for the increased complexity and scale we face now and in the future."

– Cllr Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council

However she made clear that she would not accept change for the sake of it, and that she views the shake-up as an opportunity to make "social value" central to the site.

“We can all learn the lessons from this and not assume that a different model automatically means a better model. We should collectively use this as an opportunity to ensure that social value and socio economics is central, and built into all site activities and contracts henceforth."

– Cllr Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council

She also addressed the possible challenges faced as the transition unfolds, stating that she is "reassured" by the capabilities of those working at the site.

"However, we now need reassurance that the decommissioning mission will not suffer whilst these huge administrative changes take place, and I am reassured that the extremely talented and capable workforce will continue the lead the safe clean up the site"

– Cllr Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council

Edward Davey: Sellafield change 'best way forward'

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey has released a statement on the coming changes at Sellafield.

He says that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has concluded that these changes are the "best way forward".

He confirms that Nuclear Managament Partners have lost ownership of Sellafield ltd, and that Sellafield will now become a 'subsidiary' of the NDA.

"Under the new arrangement, Sellafield Limited will become a subsidiary of the NDA and will continue to be led by a world class team, who will be appointed and governed by a newly-constituted Board of the Site Licence Company"

– Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

He says that the "safe and secure operation of the Sellafield site" will remain a priority.

You can read his full statement here.

Changes will 'simplify' Sellafield management

"New, simplified management plans" are to be introduced at Sellafield, the government has announced today.

It's released a statement saying the changes will streamline the relationship between Sellafield ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, following a year long review.

Here's some of the key points:

  • Nuclear Management Partners have lost ownership of Sellafield.
  • Instead, it'll be run by the NDA.
  • The day to day management of Sellafield will continue to be by an executive team
  • They will report to a new board.
  • The private sector will become a supplier to Sellafield Ltd

The NDA hopes these plans will improve performance and value for money:

“This decision is the result of careful consideration and review of various commercial approaches in use where the combination of public and private sector comes together to deliver complex programmes and taxpayer value.

“I believe we can build on progress to date and drive further improvements in performance and value for money by enhancing the capability of the Site Licensed Company (Sellafield Ltd) through a different approach.”

– John Clarke, NDA CEO

The NDA has said it anticipates the full co-operation of Nuclear Management Partners during the changes, which will take place over the next 12-15 months.

You can read the full statement here.

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