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Copeland MP resigns from front bench politics after Corbyn victory

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has announced his resignation from front bench politics.

Mr Reed made the announcement on Twitter just moments after Jeremy Corbyn was named the new Labour Party leader.


Councillors to get 1% allowances increase

Cumbria County Council Credit: ITV Border

Councillors at Cumbria County Council are to get a one percent increase in their allowances.

It was agreed at a council meeting today, and has now come into force.

The Independent Remuneration Panel recommended a significantly higher increase - of 2.2 percent.

The council expects to have to save £55 million by 2019.

Although I welcome the panel’s recommendations and recognise the hard work that they have done, we are in unprecedented financial times.

The challenges we are facing ahead will be very difficult and we will have no choice but to make difficult decisions. With this in mind we felt it was not appropriate that we agreed to take a 2.2% pay rise, especially when in real terms the rate of pay for our staff has gone down despite a national pay increase received by our staff last year.

With this in mind we felt that the only reasonable increase that we could and would consider, would be 1%. I feel that this acknowledges the hard work and commitment of our members, but also recognises the current financial climate within which we find ourselves operating.”

– Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council

Our report was underpinned by research and consultation with the public, via the local media, questionnaires and using channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

We were particularly impressed with the feedback from the Cumbria Youth Council. We believe that a modest increase in allowances is appropriate even in the challenging financial climate locally and nationally.

Whilst the council didn’t accept our recommendation of 2.2% the Panel feels that the 1% does go some way to recognise the hard work and commitment of the council’s members."

– John Lyons, Chairman of the Independent Remuneration Panel

Petition launched to halt Magistrates closures

Government plans could see Workington Magistrates shut to save money. Credit: ITV Border

A petition against the proposed closure of West Cumbria Magistrates Court has already received hundreds of signatures.

Government plans could see the court and Kendal's Magistrates shut to save money.

Workington's MP believes the plans would make community access to services difficult.

They're only going to have two courts left if the Government's plans go ahead. One in Carlisle, and one in Barrow, which is a lot of traveling for people who need to get to the courts and I don't think that's right. Also, if people have to go on public transport, you could end up with the perpetrators, and the victims of crime, on the same bus.

– Sue Hayman MP, Workington Labour.
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