Churches in Cumbria are offering advice to people struggling with debt... and are even helping them negotiate with their creditors.
Tim Backshall went to find out about the scheme, which is now being started at a church in Penrith:
David Foster knows that the problem of debt can quickly escalate. He lost his job because of ill health and saw the amount spiral.Read the full story ›
A church in Eden is offering an advice service to help people who are in debt.
Penrith Methodist Church has joined forces with the charity Christians Against Poverty, one of a number of organisations that can help:
The Penrith chapter of Christians Against Poverty can be contacted free on 0800 328 0006
A church in Eden is offering advice, and help negotiating with creditors.Read the full story ›
Plans to cut millions of pounds from public services in Cumbria will be discussed by councillors today.
Cumbria County Council says it has to save an additional 17.5million pounds next year and is putting forward savings proposals for public consultation.
The plans include closing four fire stations, which the council say could shut as the number of fires in the county is decreasing.
Well we've certainly selected fire stations for a number of reasons, one is that the level of risk has reduced, but also that there is a proximity of other fire resources and fire appliances from local stations in close proximity."
Retail giant Primark has confirmed it will open a store in Carlisle.
The store isn't expected to open until winter 2016.
No details are currently available on where the store will be, or how many jobs will be created.
Half of Cumbria's 650 churches are 'struggling financially and urgently need help', according to a new survey.
The Churches Trust of Cumbria says around twenty per cent have a weekly attendance of fewer than seven people.
Events including the Big Burns Supper, Spring Fling and the Arts Festival will continue to get financial backing from Dumfries and Galloway Council over the next two years.
The council say hosting major events brings in more than ten million pounds to the local economy.
The National Farmers Union in Scotland says the price of lamb is at a seven-year low.
It's calling for supermarkets to stock more British lamb as well as cheaper imports from New Zealand.
Farmers say they're getting 20 per cent less compared to 12 months ago:
It's been quite tough because we were getting reasonable prices this time last year and you're putting a lot of work in to producing the lambs, so to be sending them off and getting lower prices is a wee bit demoralising."
Some people who've been conned out of money in Cumbria are getting their cash back.
A national Trading Standards team has intercepted money and cheques that were taken as part of various scams.
Now local officers are visiting the Cumbrian victims to give them their money back.