Allerdale Borough Council is to cut £2.4 million from it's budget to avoid a deficit by the end of 2015/16.
Factors like changes to central government funding, pay rises for public sector workers and low interest rates have all been linked with the need to cut costs, with Allerdale council claiming it could see a 28% decrease in funding from central government as a result.
They plan to review the council's reserves, cut spending and reduce the budgets of departments that regularly under-spend.
The council are already taking steps towards switching energy suppliers in an attempt to save money.
Allerdale Borough Council is urging householders to ensure they do not give out personal information to strangers.
It comes after a recent report of an unknown man offering to help residents out with their benefits in Workington.
A woman reported to the Council that he persuaded a vulnerable relative to hand over her bank details on the door step.
“If you are in doubt as to whether they are legitimate then we would ask you to check if they have any identification, if so contact the company to see if they have members of staff working in the area.
– Councillor Philip Tibble
For more information, contact Allerdale Borough Council’s Revenues and Benefits team on 01900 702702.
Members of the public are being asked what they want from a new £9million leisure facility in Workington.
Allerdale Borough Council has promised to deliver a new development for the town, as part of a commitment to sports, arts and leisure.
A new leisure centre will need to be affordable and sustainable as well as realistic in the facilities it will provide and we want to ensure what is provided best suits the needs of the users. That is why the Council is asking for thoughts and suggestions to help determine the type of facilities and activities you would like to see in the new centre"
– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council
Nearly four hundred objections have been lodge by villagers who say that the scheme, submitted by Persimmon Homes is unworkable. Residents say that expansion on the scale proposed will put unreasonable pressure on roads, drains and sewers.
Locals also ay that the primary school is already over-subscribed and that children would be forced to catch buses to neighbouring villages.
Persimmon would have to pay the school £341,000 in order to allow it to expand as a condition of approval, but a survey into the cost of four new classrooms estimates that the cost of building would be £566,000.