Cumbria council to axe 100 jobs after tax freeze

Related Stories

Cumbria County Council is to axe 100 jobs after it agreed to freeze its share of council tax in 2012/13.

At its annual budget meeting in Kendal on Thursday, councillors chose to accept the government's offer of a one-off £5.1m freeze grant.

Those in favour argued that it was not fair on Cumbria's tax payers to increase council tax bills in the current economic climate.

Opposing councillors fear it will leave a "deeper hole" in the budget.

'Step back'

The 51 councillors who approved the freeze said it was not fair on Cumbria's taxpayers to increase council tax bills in the current economic climate and they say the council has a duty to keep the figure as low as possible for as long as they can.

However, the 22 opposing councillors pointed out that it will leave a deeper hole in the 2013/14 budget.

In addition to the £5.7m savings planned for 2013/14, it will now need to find an additional £3m.

The total revenue budget, excluding funding for schools, is £353.842m for 2012/13, down from £364.5m in 2011/12 and £383.3m in 2010/11.

Councillor Stewart Young, deputy leader of Cumbria County Council, said it would have to "step back from from services which we are not statutorily required to deliver".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cumbria

Weather

Carlisle

21 °C 14 °C

Features & Analysis

  • SyedTanks instead of toys

    Lyse Doucet on the plight of children in Syria and Gaza


  • Silhouette of manSuper-shy

    Why do Germany's super-rich so often keep their heads down?


  • Gin drinkerMother's ruin

    The time was gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine


  • The two sisters in their bakery'Must be mad'

    Why two Spanish sisters started a bakery in a desert


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • EscaladeBling's the thing

    The ostentatious Cadillac Escalade cruises into 2015 with fuel-gulping gusto

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.