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More strike action on Carlisle Settle rail line

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Staff employed on the Settle and Carlisle Railway are set to take two more days of strike action as part of an ongoing dispute over compulsory redundancies.

Those striking provide at-seat catering on Northern Rail services between Carlisle and Settle. They will walk out for 24 hours on both the 14 and 21 of February

The Partnership that runs the service has previously said it cannot agree to its employees demands as they would undermine the financial security of the not for profit organisation.

Cumbria Constabulary claim numbers add up

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Cumbria Constabulary is launching a recruitment drive despite facing £10.8 million worth of cuts in funding.

The force is looking to take on up to 90 officers even though it's reducing overall officer numbers by 155 in an effort to balance the books.

Currently 1,155 officers serve with Cumbria Police. That figure is set to be cut to 977 by 2019.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson claims the numbers add up.

"Every year we have around 78 people leave the organisation through retirement or move into other organisations or jobs.

"Alongside that we have internal promotions so we're continually have to bring new talent into the organisation."

– Steve Johnson, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

New recruits needed by cop-cutting police force

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Cumbria police force has announced it is looking to recruit up to 90 officers, despite facing cuts of £10.8 million.

Last month the Constabulary announced plans to cut officer numbers by 155 by the year 2019.

It said the new recruits would replace retired officers to help maintain a "sustainable workforce".


37 jobs to be lost in Carlisle

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37 jobs are set to be lost in Carlisle as a John Lewis distribution centre closes.

The company has announced plans to close its depot at the Kingmoor Business Park.

A consultation process will now start with all employees, who are to be offered early retirement, voluntary redundancy or relocation to a new distribution centre in Milton Keynes.

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