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Charity launched to support South Cumbria flood victims

The group will help people who are still feeling the affects of the floods. Credit: ITV Border

A new charity has been launched in South Cumbria to help people who are suffering long-term issues caused by flooding, such as isolation, anxiety and child poverty.

Hope Community has been set up by volunteers who've been helping people since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

Some families receive food parcels but don't necessarily know how to cook.

If you get a box full of food that's fantastic and well needed, but if those families don't actually use the food but just keep it in the cupboards and then go out and get a takeaway, driving them into more debt, then that is a concern.

– Jonny Gios, Hope Community


Breast screening unit safe but requires improvement

An investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme has highlighted "serious concerns" in relation to the management, working relations and audit culture.

The review concluded the service is safe but there must be a "significant review of processes" to ensure it stays that way.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust says it welcomes the report and will implement all of its findings. Katie Hunter has more:

Hundreds of jobs could be created in south Cumbria

Hundreds of jobs could be created if Glaxo Smithkline gets planning permission to build a new factory at Ulverston in south Cumbria.

The plant would make medicines to treat cancer and other illnesses. It would be the company's first new factory in the UK for 40 years. If approved, around 700 jobs will be created during construction and 250 once the first phase is finished.


South Lakeland District Council result

The Liberal Democrats held South Lakeland District Council booking the national trend. The party lost one council seat to the Conservatives in Sedbergh. They re-took a council seat in Kendal from an Independent.

The turnout was 47.46 per cent.

All 28 seats on Kendal town council were won by the Lib Dems.

The council is made up of:

  • 33 Lib Dem
  • 14 Conservative
  • 3 Labour

Community's plan to install their own fibre-optic broadband

A community in South Cumbria could pave the way for areas all over the country to be part of a high-speed broadband network without waiting for any big companies to install fibre-optic cable in their area.

Homes and businesses in Garsdale and Dent have teamed up to create their own community broadband company and are hoping to connect their homes in the New Year.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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