Leader of Cumbria County Council Stewart Young outlined the planned budget to the full council in Kendal today.
He spoke of the "difficulties" for Councillors and staff in delivering millions of pounds worth of savings.
He says they have less staff "dealing with an increased demand in services."
But in the midst of the massive savings, Stewart Young is proposing the Council pays staff a "living wage" from April.
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Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Wintry showers and variable temperatures. Gales and a weather warning
Wetter in the west, cloudy but direr further east. Milder than of late, but blustery