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Falling milk prices hit Cumbrian farmers

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen milk prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre. Credit: PA

Cumbrian farmers are meeting tonight (25th November) to discuss falling milk prices.

The National Farmers Union President Meurig Raymond will be at Cockermouth's Hundith Hill Hotel at 7.30pm.

Cumbria's isolated geography means there are fewer processors willing to pick up milk from more remote patches of the county, giving farmers few options.

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre.

NFU Cockermouth group secretary David Jones said: "All NFU members are welcome to attend this meeting and as well as the current dairy problems, we'll also be discussing the current turbulence in the beef and sheep markets."

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Full report: Health staff strike over pay

Health staff across Cumbria have taken part in a strike over pay. Planned operations were postponed and clinics cancelled as workers from several unions walked out for four hours this morning.

It was part of an England-wide day of action. The UK government says it can't afford to give all staff the 1 per cent pay rise they're calling for. Katie Hunter reports:

NHS staff protest over pay dispute

Health staff outside the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle join national strike. Credit: ITV Border
Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, walked out for 4 hours in another protest over pay. Credit: ITV Border

Health workers across Cumbria staged a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

The Society of Radiographers joined 10 other unions to protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers. According to the society, this is the first year since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay.

The Government says it can't afford the pay rise without risking jobs.

"It's since 2008 that we haven't had an increase in pay, apart from our incremental pay rises as you progress through your career. We don't have anywhere else to work - the NHS is the sole provider, really, of jobs for radiographers. Jobs in the private sector are almost negligible unless you want to go and work for agencies, so we can't go and find a better paid job elsewhere, we have to work for the NHS. "

– Bernice Nicoll, Deputy Principal Radiographer, Cumberland Infirmary

NHS staff strike over pay

Workers have walked out on strike, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1\% pay rise Credit: PA

Health workers across Cumbria will stage a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, will walk out for 4 hours in another protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers.

Borders Citizens Advice Bureau services saved

Citizens Advice Bureaux have been advising people in the Borders since 1970. Credit: PA

Citizens Advice centres in the Scottish Borders have had their funding secured for the next two years.

Citizens Advice Bureaux have been advising people in the Borders since 1970. The three Bureaux will now be able to continue till March 2017.

Between them they've got 100 volunteers and 17 paid staff. Last year they dealt with 30,000 enquiries from local people.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the news. Our services in the Borders are relied upon by thousands of folk in need of help here every year – often when people turn to us they are fast approaching a crisis situation. We are pleased and relieved that we can continue to provide that much needed help and support. It’s also very gratifying to have the value of our work recognised and appreciated by the local authority, and we hope to continue working in a constructive partnership with them.”

– Euan Robson, Chair of the Borders Citizens Advice Consortium

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Bus stops: Meeting in Shap

The closure of a major bus route in Cumbria which has led to an outcry from local communities along the route.

One pensioner, says she's been forced to sell her house and move because the service between Penrith and Kendal has ended.

Several hundred people have signed a petition to get the route running again as Paul Crone reports.

MP presses Prime Minister on second home tax to save GP surgeries

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has asked the Prime Minister to back his idea to create a special rural fund to protect rural services, using money from a proposed 10% tax on second home owners.

He argues that if South Lakeland District Council had the power to charge an extra 10 per cent to the estimated 5,000 second home owners in the district, it would generate around £1.25 million a year.

This funding could then be used to protect rural bus routes, improve local roads, protect post offices and pubs. The idea came up as another way to protect rural GP practices from changes in the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG).

The Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) is being ditched and local politicians and campaigners have claimed this is further undermining key services in countryside communities. Recently the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and South Lakeland District Council both agreed to lobby for the MPIG changes to be looked at again. Some practices now face a 35% cut in funding.

Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions Tim said:

“This fund could protect rural services and give them a sustainable funding stream. For me, this is not about penalising second home owners, it’s about asking them to pay their fair share. They use the GP practice, the bus service and the post office and like local people they should support it. Rural services cost more to sustain but I believe that we should all pitch in to pay for them."

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland & Lonsdale, Lib Dem

Council looks for alternatives after bus service cuts

People living in rural areas around Penrith are meeting tonight to discuss bus service cuts that have left many feeling stranded.

Cumbria County Council announced the cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the routes and is looking at alternative ways of supporting residents.

Meeting in Shap to discuss bus service cuts

Cumbria County Council announced bus service cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. Credit: ITV Border

People living in rural areas around Penrith are meeting tonight to discuss bus service cuts that have left many feeling stranded.

Cumbria County Council announced the cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the routes and is looking at alternative ways of supporting residents.

The meeting will be held in Shap.

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