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Council to make decision on re-settling refugees

Councillors will decide today. Credit: PA

Plans to re-settle 285 refugees in Cumbria will be considered today by the County Council.

The cabinet will be asked to approve proposals to re-settle the refugees, over a period of three years between 2017 and 2020.

Original plans were delayed because of the floods that swept through the county in December 2015.

County council names new chief executive

Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council has appointed a new chief executive.

Katherine Fairclough, who is currently deputy chief executive at Warrington Borough Council, will take up the post in March 2017.

She's replacing Diane Wood who is retiring after 35 years working in local government.

“I’m delighted with this appointment and I am looking forward to working closely with Katherine in the future.

"She brings with her a range of skills that make her ideal for Cumbria from her strong commitment to people, as well as to partnership, which are both key attributes to us as we move forward.

"I am now looking forward to working together to make the changes we need to deliver services differently both now and in the future.”

– Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council Leader


Cumbrians urged to be 'winter ready'

People can read advice about staying healthy this winter Credit: PA

A new campaign has been launched to help people across Cumbria prepare for winter.

The 'winter ready' campaign is aiming to provide advice and assistance on how to be ready for challenges thrown up by the Winter weather.

Advice includes:

  • · Emergency planning - advice on how to protect your home from flooding and find out if you are at risk.
  • · Financial support available – grants and funding available for people affected by flooding.
  • · Winter driving – how to stay safe, keep up to date with road and weather information and make your vehicle ready for winter.
  • · Health advice – staying well this winter.

The campaign has been developed by Cumbria County Council along with six District Councils, Cumbria Community Foundation and the Environment Agency.

Advice can be found on the council website, as well as across many social media platforms.

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