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Police Commissioner Rhodes: Kendal closure go-ahead 'extraordinary'

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Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has said he finds it 'extraordinary' that plans to close Kendal Magistrates and County Courts will go ahead.

In a released written statement, Richard Rhodes said:

I welcome today’s announcement by HMCTS that West Cumbria Magistrates Court will not be closing. I would like to thank everyone that has worked and campaigned to put a strong case forward to keep the court. However, I find it extraordinary that Kendal Court will now face closure. In December, the Court was closed as a result of flooding and the court provision was provided at an alternative site in Kendal. This worked well and showed that the court was much needed.

I will be pursuing discussions locally to try to ensure a satisfactory solution.

– Richard Rhodes

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D&G councillors urged to reject £20m cuts proposal

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Councillors are being urged to reject proposals that could see Dumfries and Galloway Council save nearly £20m.

Council leader Ronnie Nicholson says the authority should delay setting its 2016/17 budget today to allow more time for looking at alternative options that would help deal with the impact of the Scottish Government's funding offer.

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Council tax in Cumbria set to rise 2%

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Council tax in Cumbria is set to rise by two percent in the coming financial year.

The County Council is having to find £33m of savings and says the rise is necessary in order to protect frontline services.

In the future the government are going to require councils to fund services locally. So we will not be able to afford funding services locally unless we put Council tax up year on year."

– Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council
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