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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.

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£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

£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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Free meals: The cost to schools and the government

From September, primary schools in Cumbria will see the number of school meals they produce rise from just over 2000 to 15,000.

They'll receive more than a million pounds more to spend on meals, but one school claims it'll cost a lot more and schools will end up out of pocket.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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£1.15 million set for school meals

In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000. Credit: PA

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all four to seven year olds get free school meals.In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000.

That's because at the moment it's only for low income families but the government has set aside more money so all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will get them.

Public meeting to discuss plans for parking charges

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a public meeting tonight to discuss county council plans for on-street parking charges.

The Windermere and Bowness action group will host the meeting about the issue.

Cumbria County Council have approved plans to introduce charges in eleven towns across the region.

Plans for more free school meals in Cumbria

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September Credit: PA

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September, if the County Council gives the decision the go-ahead.

Councillors are expected to approve the plans, after new national legislation ruled all schools should give pupils in reception and years one and two a free school meal.

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