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MP invites Education Ministers to Cumbria

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today written to Education Ministers Michael Gove and David Laws urging them to come to Cumbria to meet with teachers, parents and staff about the plans to change the funding formula for schools.

Some schools could potentially lose up to 31%, while some could gain 25%. There will be a two-year transition period during which no school’s budget could decrease by more than 1.5 %. The full effect will not be felt until 2015/16.

Mr Farron is arranging meetings with affected head teachers.

He is also calling together all the county’s MP’s and County Council leader Eddie Martin to a high level summit to form a plan to overcome the potential funding crisis.

The consultation into the plans runs until October 19.

Tim said:

“I have been contacted by teachers and parents who are very worried about these plans. I share their concerns and I am doing everything I possibly can on this. Our community campaign can and must win – our schools need us to win this fight.

“I am urging Mr Gove and Mr Laws to visit us in Cumbria to meet teachers, staff and parents and hear their concerns. I am utterly determined that we will fix this crisis, our community here has a wonderful track record of pulling together and winning campaigns for our area, I know that working together we will save our schools.”

– Tim Farron MP

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Financial change s for Cumbria's schools

Some schools could face significant financial challenges because of changes to the way funding is allocated, according to the leader of Cumbria County Council Eddie Martin. The changes are the result of a Government shake up.

Speaking to ITV Border he said it is more expensive to provide services in a rural community and hopes the government will fund these communities more generously in the future.

Fake money probe: Man sought

Police in Carlisle have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to regarding some counterfeit currency.

At around 11:45 am on Wednesday 22nd August counterfeit currency was presented at a newsagent in The Market, Carlisle.

Police would like trace the man wearing a grey coat, who had short dark hair, who is seen approaching the counter at The Paper Shop newsagent, as shown in the footage.

Police are asking anyone who recognises this person, to contact Carlisle Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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£11.4m investment for Pirelli

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has announced a multi million pound investment in its Carlisle factory.

The Italian firm will spend £11.4 million in research and development, creating 37 new jobs and protecting a further 120 more.

The announcement was made at a British Business forum in London this morning.

Last year the company recieved government money as part of a project to boost economic growth. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“The skills and expertise of British businesses are gold medal standard and highly sought after across the world.

“The UK is one of the top ten manufacturers in the world. Our manufacturing sector is a national success story and lies right at the heart of our strategy for economic recovery and growth.

“The announcements being made today will create and safeguard jobs and stimulate growth. They are a welcome boost to British business and a vote of confidence in the UK.”

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Business Secretary Vince Cable added:

“The key to a sustainable and balanced economy is having a long-term approach to growth, investing in manufacturing technology, research and development, and skills so we have the right talent to make the most of the recovery.

“Working with business, we are taking steps to strengthen the UK’s manufacturing capability, ensuring a better business environment that will address barriers to growth and encourage innovation, exports and inward investment as well as build UK supply chains.“

– Vince Cable, Business Secretary
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