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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.

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.

Tory Councillor suggests funding cuts for Dukes, Platform and Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Councillor Peter Williamson: "Are we entertainment or sports promoters?" Photo: Lancaster City CouncilAs elections loom, local Tories seem to have set out their stall early in terms of how they view the future of publicly-funded services in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Marsh Residents Rally To Save Community Centre

A heartfelt appeal for support for the Marsh Community Cente from a young userThe future of the popular Marsh Community Centre is under threat - to the dismay of its users and supporters across the city.

Market Square Trees: An Open Letter to Lancaster City Council's Labour Cabinet

Dear Lancaster City Council Cabinet Members We have read the documents relating to the proposal to cut down the trees that you will be discussing next week (news story here) and we are hoping you will join with Councillors Dave Brookes and Nick Wilkinson, who represent the city centre ward, and oppose these plans. We know we are not alone in being concerned by this proposal.

1200 sign petition to save Lune Valley bus services

Over 1200 local residents in the Lune Valley who will be affected by Lancashire County Council's proposal to cut 72 evening bus and weekend services across the County have signed a petition opposing the plans.

New scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit to be considered

City Councillors will consider a new scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit at a specially convened meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, as it faces more cuts to its overall funding from government. Under Government plans, Council Tax Benefit is due to be abolished in April 2013 and local councils have been told to develop new Localised Council Tax Support schemes.

Judges' Lodgings Museum Needs £100,000 a year to stay open, campaign group reveals

The Friends of the Judges' Lodgings group, who are trying to save the Lancashire County Council-run museum on Lancaster's Castle Hill from closure, has cautioned they need to find £100,000 a year to to keep it open, if they were to run it. Open Monday to Saturday, the Judges' Lodgings Museum is located in a Grade I listed building on Castle Hill.

Lancaster's Spotlight writers group Arts Council funding axed

Flashback: James Wood on stage at a Spotlight event at the Yorkshire House in March 2005 The team behind Lancaster's popular writing and performance group, Spotlight, have been left reeling by Arts Council England's decision to withdraw funding, instead apparently choosing to focus backing for writers in the North West only on projects in Liverpool and Manchester.

Signposts charity to close as need increases

Due to funding cuts Signposts (http://www.signposts.org.uk/), the charity which runs the Multi Agency Resource Centre (MARC) on Regent Road in Morecambe, is to close its operations on Friday 26 April.

Try your hand at setting the Lancashire County Council budget

In an effort to shed light on the problems it faces from reduced government funding, Lancashire County Council has launched a new online budget calculator where people can create their own council budget, to help them understand the challenges involved.

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.

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.

Modest Council Tax rise ahead despite continuing funding cuts

Lancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by around 10p a week to help to protect services in the short term, as cuts in central government funding continue to bite. From April 2017 households in a Band D property will pay an additional £5 a year to the city council.

Lancashire County Council weighs up job cut proposals

Lancashire County councillors will meet to agree how to approach making significant reductions to the authority's workforce, in response to the latest Government funding cuts. The council expects to have to save around £300m from its annual budget in the next four years and is striving to avoid making compulsory redundancies.

Council Cuts Services, More to Come?

(Updated 27/2/09, redundancy cost figure corrected): Public toilets, The Dukes, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre and Citizens Advice all face massive cuts in their budget as Lancaster City Council struggles to balance its finances to keep the council tax down and find £1.7 million of savings from its budget.

People Power Wins as train company backs down on cancelling local peak time commuter train

Hot on the heels of Lancashire County Council bowing to public pressure and reversing its plans to cut bus subsidies come more good news for local commuters – the train company First Transpennine Express has now confirmed that they will be running an extra train from Oxenholme to Lancaster next week at 5.30pm, after a petition and email writing campaign from commuters (see news story).

Fury as Cuts in Council Funding Stepped up by Government

Cat Smith speaking at a recent meeting at Lancaster Priory. Photo: Ben SoffaCuts to local government funding in the latest government Spending Review will spell misery for Lancaster and Morecambe residents as both the City and County Councils are forced to make savings by cutting vital services, warns Lancaster's MP and City Council leader.

Cuts Casualties? All PCSOs placed ‘at risk’ by Lancashire Constabulary

After the government's massive cuts announcements earlier this week, the real and potential casualties of the Comprehensive Spending Review are already beginning to rise, with all Lancashire's Police Community Support Officers told their jobs may go by March next year.

New figures suggest 'Bedroom Tax' could cost poor families in Lancaster up to £1015 per year

Plans to penalise social tenants living in homes deemed too large for their needs could cost families in Lancaster up to £1015 per year, new figures reveal. The Government has previously estimated that 120,000 families across the North West will lose an average of £624 per year under the new social sector “size criteria”.

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