Cllr Jo Stephenson: 'No-one enters politics hoping to make cuts'

Jo Stephenson, Leader of the Lib Dem group which is in coalition with the Labour group, recommends the budget be passed saying:

"No-one enters politics hoping to have the opportunity to make cuts and I certainly didn't.

"However, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must play it...I believe this budget serves the needs of the whole county and it's people in all their diversity - a budget which balances the need to cut our coat according to the cloth of our available finances whist at the same time protecting the most vulnerable in our community."

– Cllr Jo Stephenson

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Cumbria County Council agree £24m cuts

Councillors voted on a raft of cuts in order to save £24 million this year. The Council has to save nearly £90 million over three years due to cuts in central government funding.