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.

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Councillor James Airey: 'Cuts read like a comic book'

An angry exchange at the County Council budget meeting after Councillor James Airey, leader of the conservative group, has described the budget plans as a comic book, saying it includes:

"Fireman Sam losing his job, Bob the builder having to pay to park his van to buy a pie and Dennis the Menace's Mum and Dad having to pay £1400 a year to send him to college."

There was shouting on both sides, with Councillor Airey questioned about when he was going to come up with his saving plans.

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