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Cumbria Police Chief breathes sigh of relief over budget... but funding review still to come

The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police has said he's relieved the force isn't facing cuts as big as expected.

Senior Officers were anticipating savings of more than £11m ahead of the chancellor's statement.

But although the government announced the overall police budget will stay the same, Cumbria could still lose out in the months ahead as the formula for police funding is set for review:

Carlisle businesses already planning moves to new 'Local Enterprise Zone'

The new 'Enterprise Zone' Credit: Kingmoor Industrial Park

Graham Haywood, the Director of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership says talks are already underway with businesses about moving to Carlisle's Enterprise Zone.

The Chancellor announced yesterday the city's bid had been successful.

The Kingmoor Park area in the north of the city will get the status from April 1st 2016.

It helps the wider economy because the economy needs to grow and by growing it creates wealth into the local economy and more spending power, there'll be loads of construction jobs, supply chain jobs for those businesses, and I think there's a real chance that kingmoor park will attract at least one major development that could bring very substantial benefit to the local economy.

– Graham Haywood, the Director of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership


Police and Crime Commissioner 'relieved' after Autumn Statement

The PCC is relieved. Credit: PA

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says he's "relieved" the force has been spared millions of pounds of cuts following the Autumn Statement.

Cumbria Police feared it would lose £11 million from its budget but Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday the cut would not be going ahead.

Kingmoor Park to become Enterprise Zone

Kingmoor Park. Credit: ITV Border

Kingmoor Park's bid to become an Enterprise Zone has been successful, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Spending Review today.

Here is what you need to know about the business park:

It is a former RAF site, will two million square feet of office space available.

It is already home to around 100 businesses supporting 2,000 job.

Another 3,000 jobs could be created when it becomes an Enterprise Zone, from April 2016.

Workington's Lillyhall fails in Enterprise Zone bid

George Osborne's review surprised many people. Credit: PA

Lillyhall, in Workington, has missed out on a bid to become an Enterprise Zone.

In his Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Kingmoor Park in Carlisle will be one of 25 new or extended zones.

But while Kingmoor Park has been successful, Lillyhall business park in Workington has NOT been named one of the Enterprise Zones.


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No cuts to police budget 'at all', Osborne says

There will be no cuts to police budget 'at all', George Osborne announced.

Now is not the time for further police cuts.

Now is the time to back our police and give them the tools do the job.

I am today announcing there will be no cuts in the police budget at all.

There will be real terms protection for police funding. The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.

– George Osborne

Chancellor announces Carlisle will become Enterprise Zone

George Osborne is announcing his Spending Review. Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne has announced £12 billion of funding for 26 new or extended Enterprise Zones, including Carlisle, Dorset and Ipswich.

The news means there should be additional funding and government support for enterprise schemes in the city.

It is understood the zone will be at Kingmoor Park in the north of Carlisle, and could create thousands of jobs.

The Zone will offer a reduction in business rates or tax relief for companies.

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N. Ireland, Wales and Scotland to get grant increases

  • Northern Ireland’s block grant will be over £11bn by 2019-20 – and funding for capital investment in new infrastructure will rise by over £600m over 5 years.
  • Wales' block grant will reach almost £15bn by 2019-20 – and capital spending will rise by over £900m over 5 years.
  • Scotland's block grant will be over £30bn in 2019-20 – while capital spending available will rise by £1.9bn
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