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Government "complacent" over rising crime figures, claims Commisisoner

Clive Grunshaw: Government should not be "complacent" about crime statisticsThe era of falling crime could be at an end, according to leaked figures showing a “disturbing trend” of rising muggings, burglary and theft – and Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has warned things could get worse as the government continues to make funding cuts.

Police Commissioner on latest proposed budget cuts: "Enough is Enough"

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has hit out at the Government after the scale of potential cuts facing Lancashire Constabulary was revealed earlier today by Chancellor George Osborne.

Councillors back Altham Meadows as NHS Lancashire plans to refocus dementia care

Altham Meadow, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 14:32:: City Councillors have backed local concerns at the proposed closure of Morecambe's Altham Meadows Dementia Centre, supporting a Labour Party motion at last week's council meeting.

Council's cost cutting plans announced as funding slashed by government

Council leader Eileen Blamire: "The scale of these funding reductions is unprecedented and there are tough decisions ahead."Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has approved a series of service reviews which will seek to cut costs and increase income as the council looks to fill a budget black hole.

International Women's Day Exhibition Needs Your Pictures

Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the Lancaster group organising the celebrations would like your photos of women who have made an impact on your life, for a special exhibition, titled ‘Women Like Us’ at the Gregson, opening on the evening of IWD and showing until the end of March. Lancaster Women @ The Gregson (WAGs) will create an artwork from all your photos.

Morecambe MP accuses Labour of "scare stories" over hospital cuts

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has hit out at anti cuts campaigners who have raised concerns about the future of the Accident and Emergency Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, accusing them of scaremongering. He has also claimed the hospital is better off than it has ever under the Coalition government.

Lancashire County Council puts six Library buildings up for sale

Bolton-le-Sands Library. Image: GoogleLancashire County Council is selling six former library buildings, including the building in Bolton-le-Sands. Six former libraries are up for sale, or due to go on the market shortly - Barrowford, Bolton-le-Sands, Earby, Freckleton, Fulwood, and Whalley. The initial asking price for the buildings has not been revealed at this stage.

Funding cuts prompt Council look at ways to protect key services

Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet will consider a number of items related to its 2012 budget on Tuesday 17th January - and it looks like car parking fees may rise as well as charges for using some services. Provisional figures show that the council is facing a year on year reduction in Government support of 11.6%, or £1.5million, in the next financial year.

Find out more about Lancaster City Council's 2015/16 budget

Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation of Lancaster City Council’s proposed priorities and budget for the coming year, whichwill form part of the next meeting of the council’s Budget and Performance Panel on Tuesday 27th January. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting which takes place at Morecambe Town Hall from 6pm.

Campaign to get graduates to work abroad launched by government

Working in local government? Worried your job is at risk thanks to ConDem cuts in public spending? Well, there's good news - rather than spend money on creating or maintaining jobs for people in work here, instead, the Government is spending money encouraging you to go and be a civil servant in Europe! No, really.

County Council Invites Views On Further Savings Options

Lancashire County Council's cabinet was presented with a revised set of budget optionsyesterday,setting out how the council could achieve its savings target by April 2018. Senior council officers presented a report to the November Cabinet meeting, detailing how services could be delivered in future and how this could enable savings to be made.

Guardian, Visitor Owners Continued Financial Woes

With a staff freeze already in place at both the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor, there was more bad news for the local newspapers owner Johnston Press today when it announced a year-on-year drop in advertising revenue of more than 35% in the first months of 2009 as overall revenue fell by more than 12% last year.

Lancashire County Council's Latest Cuts Proposals Appal Local Residents

Lancaster and Morecambe residents have been left reeling after Lancashire County Council announced it latest cuts proposals last week. They include proposals to slash funding for cultural sites across the county by 90 per cent and other cuts that will impact public transport users, libraries and see the loss of another 367 jobs.

Ludus Dance: Positive in face of 70% funding cut.

The outcome of the National Portfolio Funding process has resulted in a 70% cut to Ludus Dance funding from Arts Council England. The remaining funding is to be earmarked to support ‘community dance activity focussed in Lancashire’.

Arts worth "millions" to local Lancaster economy

Economic Value of Arts Activity in the District of Lancaster - a video by Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Lancaster’s arts sector is taking centrestage in the local economy, boosting it by £50 million annually, a new report reveals.

Major service cuts ahead at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary?

(Updated 19/1/13): Green Party councillor Jon Barry has learned from a hospital source that plans are well advanced to drastically reduce the services at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after a review in services. It is understood that many of the current services will be transferred to Kendal.

Lancashire Police consultation addresses published

Lancashire Police have had a number of queries about how those who do not have access to the internet can express their views on the previously reported proposals surrounding the potential closure of front counters and the sale of some police buildings.

Opinion: Don't sit in silence over cuts to our libraries

Britain's Libraries Under Threat from the ConDems (Adapted from SchNews) As noisy protests continued against tax avoidance by big business and cuts in education and benefits another, altogether quieter, national campaign took off last week here in the UK at our most unsung of public services: libraries.

Local Play Areas Face Closure

Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet will meet tomorrow (Tuesday 20th April) to discuss the future of playgrounds in the district - and several are earmarked for closure. The council is currently responsible for maintaining playgrounds at 79 sites and, although the vast majority are in good repair, a small number of its low priority and older play areas require significant investment.

Bob Crow to Speak on Cuts at Lancaster Public Meeting

Bob Crow, plain-speaking leader of the UK’s fastest-growing labour organisation, the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT), will be speaking about the government spending cuts at a public meeting at Lancaster Town Hall on Wednesday 23 February at 7.30pm.