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200 jobs under threat as west Cumbrian tax office set to close next year

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Workers at a tax office in west Cumbria have been told it will close next year with the potential loss of more than 200 jobs.

The Public and Commercial Services Union say the Lillyhall Contact Centre near Workington will shut in October 2018.

HM Revenue and Customs has said it will be talking to its staff to establish the support they need and whether they're able to move to another HMRC location or other government department, or a role outside the civil service.

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Northern Powerhouse Minister: Cumbria infrastructure to be reviewed alongside airport investment

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, has been visiting Carlisle Airport today as nearly £5million government funding was announced.

Mr Berry told ITV Border that the transport network throughout the county would also be reviewed, to improve connectivity to the airport:

Stobart boss: Carlisle Airport could run domestic passenger flights within the next year

The boss of Stobart group, which owns Carlisle Airport, says passenger flights to UK destinations could be taking off by summer 2018.

£4.75-million government funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership will be used to improve the runway and terminal.

We asked Stobart CEO, Andrew Tinkler, what the future of passenger flights from Carlisle Airport is going to look like:

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