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."
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A charity fundraiser from the Carlisle area has admitted stealing more than £21,500 belonging to Cancer Research UK.
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Bungling Martin Bainbridge attempted three armed robberies in Carlisle, brandishing a knife wrapped in a tea towel.