Up to 600 Cumbria council posts to be cut

Up to 600 posts are to be cut at Cumbria County Council as it faces major spending cuts.

The council estimates it needs to make savings of about £50m over the next four years.

The council has reviewed all its services to produce a list of possible changes.

A public consultation on the options will run until the end of January and a final report will be drawn up by February.

Parking charges

Among the proposals are introducing charges for on-street parking in city and town centres and tourist destinations and reducing the number of household recycling centres.

Other proposals include setting a maximum amount for what the council pays for home care for older adults and a review of day services for older people.

It has also listed government grants it expects to be cut or reduced, such as for Sure Start, and is asking people whether they should carry on supporting the services affected.

The council estimates it will lose about £43m in revenue funding from government over the next four years.

It also expects a 45% cut in capital funding - the money to build new schools and roads and for repairs.

The administration, which has no party in overall control but has Labour and the Conservatives with most members, said it would not know the full details of the coalition government's comprehensive spending review until early December.

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