The cost of free school meals

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all 4-7 year olds get free school meals.

Fostering: The facts

As week two of Foster Care Fortnight begins we're taking a look at what fostering is and who is eligible to do it.

Lakes family slams travel subsidy cuts

Lake District Family say they'll have to pay £1,200 for their son to get to school, following travel subsidy cuts by Cumbria County Council

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Speed limit reviews of Allerdale roads

A review of speed limits in Allerdale have been put forward by Cumbria County Council.

Consultations have been drawn up following on from a scrutiny of speed limits in the area.

Changes could be made to 15 speed limits, with restrictions being both raised and lowered depending on conditions.

Road accident figures, traffic speed and volume figures were all taken into consideration as part of the review.

It also looked at the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders as well as motorists.

Stretches of road which have been looked at include:

  • the A595 between Flimby and Maryport
  • the A594 Dearham to Maryport
  • the A5086 from Gote Brow to Cockermouth
  • the A596 at Northside Road, Workington
  • the B5322 at St Johns in the Vale near Keswick
  • the B5289 between Keswick and Seatoller.

The B5302 at Waverbridge near Wigton, the B5299 between Fletchertown and Watchhill and Syke Road in Wigton are also being considered.

A series of meetings will take place across the West Cumbria over the next few weeks. You visit the Cumbria County Council website for more information.

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Cumbria County Council controversy over £400,000 retirement pay

The controversy over executive pay has reared its head again, after it came to light that a former leader of Cumbria County Council retired last year with a pay-off of more than £400,000.

Jill Stannard's golden handshake has provoked anger from politicians and union's at the trend for large benefits packages being awarded to top public sector workers.

The council claims its restructuring of senior management taken last year will save it more than half a million pounds annually. Ryan Dollard has more.

Council pay-offs cost over £900,000

Council accounts show that when a former chief executive took early retirement from her £170,000 job in May last year, she did so with a £400,000 benefits package.

That included a lump sum of £87,000 and a pension of more than £290,000.

She was one of four senior executives to leave the council last year at a total cost of over £900,000.

£400,000 council pay-off criticised by local MPs

Local MPs are criticising a large retirement payout from Cumbria County Council.

The council has confirmed that its former chief executive retired from her £170,000 position with a £411,000 benefits package.

Jill Stannard stood down in May 2013, at the age of 55, after eight years in the job.

Local MPs including Tim Farron and John Stevenson have criticised the figure and the culture of high ranking public sector workers retiring with bumper benefits packages.

'Reducing the number of people who work for organisations is never cost-free.

These costs are an inevitable consequence of the government’s decision to cut council funding as part of its efforts to balance the nation’s books.

As a result of the senior officer restructuring that took place last year, the council will achieve a permanent annual saving of £584,000.

In addition, the Local Government Chronicle has reported this month that Cumbria County Council’s current chief executive has had the biggest drop in salary out of any council in its latest annual survey.'

– Spokesman for Cumbria County Council

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£5 million to repair Cumbria's roads

Cumbria County Council has received just under £5 million to repair potholes across the region.

It's estimated that there are 91,000 potholes in Cumbria and that there are three million across the country. It is part of the biggest investment in roads in England since the 1970's, according to the government.

£168m has been allocated to councils in England Credit: PA

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