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Rise in unemployment for Cumbria and southern Scotland

Unemployment on the rise Credit: PA

New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.

Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.

In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.

Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.

There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.

M6 Corridor to be 'an example for rural Britain'

An initiative by three Cumbrian Councils to agree to promote business and employment along the M6 corridor in the county has been praised.Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border said:

"The M6 corridor project is an excellent example of what we as MPs in Cumbria should be doing more of: working together for the greater good of our county, and putting party politics aside to highlight what we can do, in cooperation, to grow our economy, support our businesses and communities, and generate prosperity for all.

"The M6 is a symbolic road, stretching right through the heart of Cumbria, and is a lifeline to our businesses and industries. We want the M6 corridor to be an example for rural Britain, showing how we can attract investment and development that will power our economy as we move out of recession. I am delighted to be a part of this exciting project.”

– Rory Stewart MP

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Councils work together to get Cumbria in fast lane

Three Cumbrian councils have agreed to work together to promote the economy in the county along the M6 from junctions 36 to 44.

The leaders of Carlisle City Council, Eden District Council and South Lakleand Council have each signed up to the 'M6 Corridor Initiative.'

The Initiative outlines that the councils will work collaboratively to:

  • Promote economic growth along the M6 corridor in East Cumbria
  • Provide employment sites within easy reach of main transport routes
  • Support development wherever it is most appropriate across the area
  • Improve infrastructure and communication networks along the corridor
  • Make it easier for businesses to relocate in the area
  • Seek to attract new and growing investment
  • Market the corridor as an area open for business
  • Work with partners such as the County Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to facilitate growth .

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Farmers fight fall in milk prices

Dairy farmers have been protesting over a planned cut to milk prices.

A series of price cuts will take effect in August - seeing value decrease by 2 pence per litre.

Hundreds of farmers met in London to demand an immediate reversal in what they call an 'unsustainable' fall.

Unions say from the Scottish Borders to Northumberland and beyond, more and more farmers are struggling to survive.

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