– Baroness Verma
“Geological disposal is the right approach for the long-term, safe and secure management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste.
“Hosting a site would bring lasting economic benefits with jobs, opportunities for businesses, and a generous benefits package to support the community.
“We want to make sure those benefits are well understood and supported by all those in the area surrounding any host community.”
Copeland MP Jamie Reed has welcomed the launch of a consultation on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely siting process:
"Managing radioactive waste safely is one of the most important environmental and economic challenges facing this country and our community. It is morally indefensible to leave this problem for future generations to solve.
"This is a national process - not one centred solely upon West Cumbria and I expect other interested areas to come forward.
– Jamie Reed MP, Copeland
"The Department of Energy & Climate Change has learned from the previous process and has listened closely to the West Cumbrian Community and the Sellafield workforce.
"I hope that there is widespread engagement with this consultation and I'm sure that there will be: wherever a GDF is ultimately sited, this is the most important issue facing West Cumbria.
"Nuclear generation is the only form of electricity production determined to manage the waste products it creates. It's strategically essential for the UK and a vitally important part of West Cumbria's future."
The Government has announced that it wants to change the planning rules surrounding whether an underground nuclear nuclear waste could be built in Cumbria.
The last search for a site came to and end in January after Cumbria County Councillors voted not to pursue the idea.
That was despite district councillors in Copeland and Allerdale wanting to continue the investigation into whether west Cumbria would be a suitable location.
The issue has now come back onto the agenda with a consultation being launched that could lead to Cumbria being looked at again.
– Government statement
"Throughout the revised process being consulted on, communities would be represented by the most local competent authority, (the District Council or unitary authority in England)."
Under the revised process it could be left up to district councils or unitary authorities to decide whether the area wants an underground store.
The Government wants to start a new selection process in 2014.
Mike Sanderson from NFU England says some farmers will take years to recover:
William Evans is a farmer from Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.
He said that given the chance, he would change the way the compensation claims are assessed:
Andrew McCornick is the Regional Chairman for NFU Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway).
He says that although the government aid is welcome, it is not the long term solution:
Farmers who were hit by the severe snow storms during spring only have until the end of the day to apply for government aid.
South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is urging farmers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to apply for their share of the £6 million aid package.
Thousands of sheep were left buried under massive snow drifts during the snow storms.
– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland
"Farmers across the Borders and the south west were hit hard by the very severe weather at a time when their livestock were especially vulnerable.
"This aid package will be a lifeline for many businesses and it's critical that those most in need apply before the Friday deadline."
The MP for Dumfriesshire, Cyldesdale and Tweeddale has welcome a boost in capital expenditure for Scotland in the Chancellors' spending review and has called on the Scottish Government to deliver on infrastructure projects for southern Scotland.
The biggest cut was made to the department that funds local councils. After three years of cuts, it now faces a further 10% reduction. Hannah McNulty has been looking at the real cost of the cuts and who is paying for them.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, says that all areas will need to be considered when looking at spending cuts. He's already pledged to protect frontline services for two years. Police budgets are set to face a less than 6% cut.