Council face biggest job cuts in history

1,800 jobs are expected to be lost as Cumbria County Council looks to make the biggest cuts in its history.

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What will 1,800 job cuts mean for members of the public?

The council says it's having to make savings of £83 million over the next three years, on top of millions of pounds of cuts already made.

But 1,800 jobs is 1,800 households across Cumbria that no longer have that income - which may be the main income for the household. They will then spend less in the shops and so on.

It's worth noting that it's 1,800 jobs now but in the 8 year period between 2010 and 2018 the county council will have lost almost 5,000 jobs, that's around half it's workforce, and interestingly, almost exactly the same number of people in Cumbria who are currently out of work and claiming benefit.

Our correspondent Tim Backshall was at the County Council headquarters today and has the full report.

'Dark Times' for public sector

Meeting in Kendal this morning, the county council's cabinet members were in sombre mood. They say these are dark times for the public sector as it struggles to deal with reductions in its budget which mean that 1,800 council jobs will have to go.

The County Council says these are the biggest cuts it's ever faced and they will have an impact on lives, on families and on the local economy.

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