Cumbria

Eden Council admits cuts of £1.1m will hit services

A Cumbria council has admitted services will be hit by plans to save more than £1m from its budget.

Eden Council says the move has been forced by a predicted 25% fall in grant revenue from the government.

Savings of at least £300,000 will come from staff costs, but no details have been released on potential job cuts.

The council, which is a Conservative and Independent Alliance coalition, also plans to cut public toilets, Christmas lights and aid to charities.

Council leader Gordon Nicolson said: "Eden is a very lean council and we have no fat left to cut.

"We are looking at all areas but some of our savings do have to come from services.

"I hope the public will understand that we live in unprecedented times and the council has to respond and ensure it balances its books.

"The next major element of the savings plan will be to review the council's staffing structure, where we are seeking savings of at least £300,000 from this."

Among other areas facing cuts are support for the provision of CCTV, aid for the Settle to Carlisle rail service and withdrawing cash for tourist information centres.

The council's chief executive Kevin Douglas added: "Even if the council achieves all the service reductions, we are still short of our saving target and so we will have to examine further the council's operation and staffing once the exact funding settlement from government is known."

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