Councillors in Carlisle are discussing how to tackle homelessness in the city.
For the last six years, twelve hundred people have contacted the authorities for housing advice annually.
An average of 35 percent of those homeless in Carlisle are young people aged between 16 and 25.
Some of the causes of homelessness cited are:
- relationship breakdown (29%)
- loss of rented accommodation (22%).
Councillors in Carlisle will meet today to discuss the issue of homelessness in the city and how it can be tackled over the next five years.
The council claims that all key priorities outlined within Carlisle’s homelessness strategy for 2008-2013 were achieved.
Although the number of people sleeping on the streets is relatively low, the council believes that many people are forced to stay on friend's sofas.
It says housing provision in the city over the coming years will be an important factor in addressing homelessness.
The high rate of sickness among staff at Carlisle City Council is under the spotlight today.
The local authority will meet this morning to discuss why the number of people taking time off has gone up by more than a quarter since this time last year.
Stress and depression are said to be factors.
Public consultation starts today on the future of Carlisle's Rickergate area.
One proposal includes the demolition of the Civic Centre to make way for a new shopping centre.
It's a proposal under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.
The transformation is part of a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle up until 2030.
Carlisle City Council will consider plans tomorrow which would see the civic centre being knocked in favour of a two hundred thousand square foot shopping development.
The proposal is just one of many under discussion for the future of the city.
Jane Meek, Director for development at Carlisle City Council spoke to ITV Border.
Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down as the city council have announced plans to build a new shopping development in its place. It's just one of the proposals being put forward for consultation tomorrow by the council try to breathe new life into the area.
Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down to make way for a new shopping centre.
It is one of the proposals under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.
The framework outlines a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle, with a timeframe up until the year 2030.
The plan goes out for consideration on Monday.
Willie Whalen, one of Cumbria's best known political activists, has died aged 67.
Mr Whalen passed away yesterday, Sunday 8 June.
He was both a city and county councillor and supported working class views throughout his time on council.
Plans to build 15 apartments in Wetheral could be passed, despite objections from more than 80 residents.
Citadel Estates were granted planning permission un 2012 to build the homes on the site of Skelton House, a 200-year-old property that had been demolished.
Last year they modified the plans, increasing the size of the project by adding a forth floor, but objections from locals meant Carlisle City Council refused planning consent and issued a notice to halt the building work.
Citadel launched an appeal, proposing a third set of plans over three floors.
84 people have objected to these new proposals but the plans look set to be approved at a meeting on Friday.