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£20million factory set for go ahead

Innovia Films will make the base material for the Bank of England's first polymer bank notes Credit: PA

A new £20million factory that will create 80 new jobs in Wigton is set to be given the go-ahead today.

Innovia Films will make the base material for the Bank of England's first polymer bank notes. Planning officers at Allerdale Council are recommending that planning permission is granted subject to conditions.

Council pay-offs cost over £900,000

Council accounts show that when a former chief executive took early retirement from her £170,000 job in May last year, she did so with a £400,000 benefits package.

That included a lump sum of £87,000 and a pension of more than £290,000.

She was one of four senior executives to leave the council last year at a total cost of over £900,000.

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£400,000 council pay-off criticised by local MPs

Local MPs are criticising a large retirement payout from Cumbria County Council.

The council has confirmed that its former chief executive retired from her £170,000 position with a £411,000 benefits package.

Jill Stannard stood down in May 2013, at the age of 55, after eight years in the job.

Local MPs including Tim Farron and John Stevenson have criticised the figure and the culture of high ranking public sector workers retiring with bumper benefits packages.

'Reducing the number of people who work for organisations is never cost-free.

These costs are an inevitable consequence of the government’s decision to cut council funding as part of its efforts to balance the nation’s books.

As a result of the senior officer restructuring that took place last year, the council will achieve a permanent annual saving of £584,000.

In addition, the Local Government Chronicle has reported this month that Cumbria County Council’s current chief executive has had the biggest drop in salary out of any council in its latest annual survey.'

– Spokesman for Cumbria County Council

Full report: Plans move forward for nuclear power station

Plans to build a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria are a step closer after a deal was struck with the company planning to build three reactors near Sellafield.

It's claimed the deal between and the Japanese electronics giant Toshiba and NuGen will provide 21,000 new jobs.

The announcement is being billed as a huge boost for Britain's nuclear power industry.

New power plant deal welcomed by nuclear workers

Sellafield's Workers' Campaign (SWC) have welcomed the completion of a deal which will build a new nuclear power station near Sellafield in Cumbria.

'Climate scientists are warning of the dangers to our planet of ever-rising man-made carbon dioxide emissions. Low carbon nuclear power represents a major way forward for the world and the UK to drastically cut those emissions, protect our environment and keep the country's lights on.

A major expansion of nuclear power would also give Britain the vital security of electricity supply that we need rather than depending on imports from foreign and sometimes unstable countries'

– Craig Dobson, SWC Secretary

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Cumbria's energy supply will be 'massive' says councillor

A member of Cumbria County Council's Cabinet, who deals with nuclear issues, has voiced support for the new nuclear deal.

The deal, between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and NuGeneration, in which Toshiba owns 60% of shares, will see the development of a new nuclear plant at Moorside, Cumbria.

It's said the plant will cost at least £10 billion and create up to 21,000 jobs.

'The scale of the contribution that Cumbria is set to make in securing a low-carbon future for the UK's energy supply is massive. This site will be a powerhouse for UK plc and also a huge engine of growth for the Cumbrian economy, which is already the home of Britain’s nuclear skills and expertise. There’s a massive amount of work to do, but it is amazing to think that in 10 years time Moorside could be delivering power to the nation’s homes.'

– Councillor David Southward

21,000 jobs could be created by nuclear development

Toshiba has acquired a 60% stake in NuGeneration Credit: PA

Plans to build a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria have moved a stage closer.

The Japanese electronics giant, Toshiba, has acquired a 60% stake in NuGeneration - the company that plans to build three reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.

They could be in operation by 2024, creating up to 21,000 jobs.

Could you be entitled to Wonga compensation?

If you have taken out a payday loan with Wonga and think you might be affected by today's announcement on compensation, you can call the claim line on 0800 840 0836 to check.

Wonga is paying out millions in compensation to customers Credit: ITV News

The compensation relates to loans taken out between October 2008 and November 2010.

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