Cumbria County Council agree £24m cuts

Councillors voted on a raft of cuts in order to save £24 million this year.

The Council has to save nearly £90 million over three years due to cuts in central government funding.

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Cumbria County Council agree £1million for road repairs

Nearly £1 million was allocated for repairs to roads damaged by recent bad weather.

The meeting was told the final bill could reach £2 million.The Council is also going to introduce a "living wage" for its staff from April and freeze its portion of Council tax for another year.

Last night, 13 February, Cumbria County Council agreed on £24m in cuts this year.

It comes as they have to save £90m over the next three years.

The Council did make modifications to six of its original budget proposals. To find out more you can visit their website.

Cumbria County Council agree £24m cuts

Following hours of often angry and emotional debate Cumbria councillors have agreed on a controversial budget to save £24m this year.

The county council has to save nearly £90m over three years, and that's on top of £88m it has already saved.

The cuts agreed today include the scrapping of subsidised bus routes and introducing on street parking. Council leaders were accused of betraying rural communities.

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Cllr Jo Stephenson: 'No-one enters politics hoping to make cuts'

Jo Stephenson, Leader of the Lib Dem group which is in coalition with the Labour group, recommends the budget be passed saying:

"No-one enters politics hoping to have the opportunity to make cuts and I certainly didn't.

"However, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must play it...I believe this budget serves the needs of the whole county and it's people in all their diversity - a budget which balances the need to cut our coat according to the cloth of our available finances whist at the same time protecting the most vulnerable in our community."

– Cllr Jo Stephenson

Councillor James Airey: 'Cuts read like a comic book'

An angry exchange at the County Council budget meeting after Councillor James Airey, leader of the conservative group, has described the budget plans as a comic book, saying it includes:

"Fireman Sam losing his job, Bob the builder having to pay to park his van to buy a pie and Dennis the Menace's Mum and Dad having to pay £1400 a year to send him to college."

There was shouting on both sides, with Councillor Airey questioned about when he was going to come up with his saving plans.

County Council: Less staff but more demands on services

Leader of Cumbria County Council Stewart Young outlined the planned budget to the full council in Kendal today.

He spoke of the "difficulties" for Councillors and staff in delivering millions of pounds worth of savings.

He says they have less staff "dealing with an increased demand in services."

But in the midst of the massive savings, Stewart Young is proposing the Council pays staff a "living wage" from April.

Cumbria's flood repairs could hit £2m

Councillor Keith Little told the county councils budget meeting repairs to Cumbria's roads caused by recent bad weather could hit £2 million.

Damage caused by last nights storm is still being assessed.

There were cheers in the chamber as he reminded Councillors the Prime Minister David Cameron promised 'money was no object' for repairs and said they're working with the Government to try and secure funding.

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Different kind of pound on county council's agenda

Different sort of pounds currently on the agenda at meeting after Cumbria was named fattest county in England.

One councillor says the findings should be taken 'with a pinch of salt' after reports the survey was carried out via phone with less than 1000 people.

Councillor Pat Bell who looks after Public Health and Community Services say the Copeland area, which was labelled fattest in the county, already has a range of programmes aimed at encouraging exercise but this issue needs "a range of approaches".

Protestors attend Cumbria County Council budget meeting

Protestors from various unions are attending Cumbria County Council's budget meeting in Kendal. Councillors are due to vote on a raft of cuts in order to save £24 million this year.

The Council has to save nearly £90 million over three years due to cuts in central government funding.

Proposals include operational changes to fire and rescue services and cuts to subsidised bus services.

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