Category: Cumbria

From the Westmoreland Gazette. 16th September 2010

COUNCILLORS have agreed to drastic spending cuts in order to cope with a £7.93 million reduction in their budget.

As part of the Government’s £6.2 billion cut in public spending, every council in the UK is being forced to cut back.

Cumbria County Council this morning agreed to the cuts at a cabinet meeting.

Children’s services will be hit hardest, with a £3.1 million reduction in the area-based grant.

This means that there will have to be funding reductions in the way the council supports schools in areas such as under attainment, attendance, healthy eating, extended services and travelling to school initiatives.

The funding reductions in children’s services will also impact on other organisations.

The council’s contribution to the Connexions service, which helps 13-19 year olds progress into adult life through support and development, is being reduced by £415,000…..

………….We are particularly concerned that we are still awaiting decisions from the Government on a further £1.75m in grants for play areas, respite care facilities for disabled children and Children’s Centres.”

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Cuts hit disabled people

From the North West Evening News. 16th September 2010

PENSIONERS and disabled people could lose their independence due to funding cuts.

Members of South Copeland Disability Group believe slashing £1.2m of disability grants in half will impact on 2,000 people in the Millom area.

The grants are used to help people keep their independence – from installing custom kitchens and walk-in showers, lighting and heating controls and mobility aides.

The cut in government funding was revealed by Copeland Borough Council leader, Elaine Woodburn, last month.

While the funds were in addition to the annual allowance for such grants, a spokeswoman for Copeland Borough Council said it had been hoped the funds would stem a funding shortfall….

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