Tributes have been paid to Brendan Jameson, the leader of South Lakeland district council following the news of his death. The council are expected to release a statement later on today.
The future of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in the Scottish Borders has been assured.
After forty years of service it was in jeopardy but Scottish Borders Council have now provided it with a new contract.
Volunteers say a three year contract providing welfare advice has secure the future.
The contract will last for three years and could be extended.
Tony Potts, Copeland Rail Users Group said: "We don't want to see a micro franchise here on the west coast. Being independent from the main line could cost us our links to Lancaster and the North East. We want to see better connections. The line should be improved but not in the way suggested."
The future of Cumbria's coastal rail line is to be discussed.
The county council is assessing whether it would be viable for the takeover of the line's franchise, up for renewal next year.
The council wants to discuss the proposal with several interested parties, such as existing rail companies.