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Council cuts: last chance to have your say

People have just one week left to respond to Cumbria County Council's savings proposals.

The council is inviting people to give their views on issues including the level of council tax and the changes the council should make as it strives to save £213 million a year by 2018.

The council says feedback is important as these changes will impact the public, with the council set to cut 1,800 jobs over the next three years:

"The council has to make tough decisions given the magnitude of the savings we need to find. We have already predicted we are going to need to lose 1,800 jobs over the next three years and the council will be roughly half the size it was at the start of the decade.

"That is going to affect individuals, families and the local economy."

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member

More than 400 individuals and organisations have responded since the council began its 12 week ‘Secure your future' consultation in October.

Council leaders demand more powers for English regions

The leader of Cumbria County Council has called for more powers to be given to the English regions.

Stewart Young is one of more than 100 council leaders who are demanding changes from the Government. They've written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, following the plans to devolve extra powers to Scotland.

The leaders believe the English regions would be able to manage the cuts to their budgets more effectively and say continuing the current system is no longer an option.

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Council to move to new £10 million HQ

Cumbria County Council is to move to a new headquarters, costing £10 million, in Carlisle city centre.

More than 20 crumbling and delapidated offices will now be closed to be replaced by the new building on Botchergate.

As Paul Crone reports, council officials insist the move will save a million pounds each year in running costs.

Virtual tour: Council HQ plans approved

Plans for a new Cumbria County Council headquarters in Carlisle have been approved.

The 10 million pound base is part of a restructure that will see the council move from twenty-two properties in the city to just two. Officials say the move will save around a million pounds every year.

Click below to take a virtual tour around the plan of the new building:

Deciding plans on £10 million council HQ

Plans of how the £10m HQ will look. Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council's cabinet meet today to decide on plans for a new £10 million headquarters in Carlisle.

It's part of a restructure that will see the council move from 22 properties in the city to just two, a move officials say will save around a million pounds a year.

Plans of how the £10m HQ will look. Credit: Cumbria County Council

Careful of 'free trials' warns council

"If something looks too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. A free trial could end up costing you a lot of money.” Credit: PA

People in Cumbrian are being urged to be avoid ‘free’ trials of goods after some people have been charged up to £95 a month for “free” products.

Shoppers are invited to sign up for a free trial of a product where they’ll pay around £5 for postage and packing. But unless the trial is cancelled within 14 days, monthly payments may be made automatically which could be anything up to £95 a month.

Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team is urging shoppers to read the terms and conditions when signing up for a supposed ‘free' trial.

If people are worried they’ve been targeted by this type of scam, they should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

"This typically happens on the internet. It’s a widespread problem. The scams involve all kinds of products including anti-ageing miracle creams and serums, health supplements and slimming aids. They’re different products, but all the scams are virtually all the same.

When the product arrives the paperwork contains the small print or terms and conditions. This type of scam is operating on a wide scale and the companies doing this are often based abroad, some as far away as the USA. Consumers should be on their guard; if it mentions repeat billing and it’s a free trial that requires you to cancel then it’s probably a scam.

If something looks too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. A free trial could end up costing you a lot of money.”

– Councillor John McCreesh, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Trading Standards

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Bus stops: Meeting in Shap

The closure of a major bus route in Cumbria which has led to an outcry from local communities along the route.

One pensioner, says she's been forced to sell her house and move because the service between Penrith and Kendal has ended.

Several hundred people have signed a petition to get the route running again as Paul Crone reports.

Council looks for alternatives after bus service cuts

People living in rural areas around Penrith are meeting tonight to discuss bus service cuts that have left many feeling stranded.

Cumbria County Council announced the cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the routes and is looking at alternative ways of supporting residents.

Meeting in Shap to discuss bus service cuts

Cumbria County Council announced bus service cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. Credit: ITV Border

People living in rural areas around Penrith are meeting tonight to discuss bus service cuts that have left many feeling stranded.

Cumbria County Council announced the cuts on routes from Penrith to both Kendal and Greystoke. The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the routes and is looking at alternative ways of supporting residents.

The meeting will be held in Shap.

People to have their say on Cumbria Council savings

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People can have their say on how Cumbria County Council should make its savings.

The Council needs to cut £83 million from its budget over the next three years. The first of a series of drop in events takes place at Windermere Library this afternoon:

  • Windermere Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere, LA23 2AJ Tuesday 18th November 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4PY Wednesday 19th November 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Ulverston Library, Kings Road, Ulverston, LA12 0BT Thursday 20th November 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Ambleside Library, Kelsick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ Wednesday 26th November 11.00 am - 1.00pm
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Library, Chapel Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AL Thursday 27th November 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Milnthorpe Library, 19 The Square, Milnthorpe, LA7 7QJ Friday 28th November 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • Sedbergh Library, Main Street, Sedbergh LA10 5BN Wednesday 3rd December 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • Grange Library, Grange Fell Road, Grange over Sands, LA11 6BQ Friday 5th December 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
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