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County Council votes through £77m cuts package without debate, after chaotic meeting suspended

4/12/18: Yesterday's Lancashire County Council Cabinet meeting saw the Geoff Driver, Conservative Leader of the Council, fully supported by his Cabinet suspend proceedings, walk out and then return, moving to vote through £77 million of cuts without any further debate.

Labour MPs join forces on winter NHS as local hospitals "60 beds short"

12/1/18: Lancaster MP Cat Smith and her Furness counterpart John Woodcock have joined forces to demand government action on the scale of local bed shortages during the winter NHS crisis.

Lancashire County Council considers more spending cuts

10/1/18: Lancashire County Council's cabinet is set to consider further savings of more than £11m when it meets next week.

£18,000 fund for Community Groups in Lancaster and Morecambe cut by Tory-run County Council

8/12/17: Lancashire County Council has now stopped funding directly to community groups in Lancashire through the Local Members Grant, including groups in Lancaster and Morecambe, to the dismay of opposition groups.

Lancashire County Council Cabinet agrees proposals for community libraries, community centres, and Heysham swimming pool

8/12/17: Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, which will see two independent community-run libraries being established, as well as a range of other services.

£7m savings proposals to be considered by Lancashire County Council's Cabinet

29/11/17: Savings proposals totalling around £7m over the next three years will be considered by Lancashire County Council's Cabinet when it meets on Thursday next week

County to decide on another £45m in cuts

10/9/17: Lancashire County Council's cabinet will consider further savings of more than £45m when it meets next Thursday. Roads, libraries and buses will all receive increased budgets but Adult Social Care faces an additional £5.5m cut - despite a council tax increase of 2% ring-fenced for the sector.

Plans underway for £1m boost to Lancashire's buses

25/7/17: Lancashire County Council will this week take a major step towards improving the county's bus network, with councillors due to meet to discuss where investment is most needed.

Modest Council Tax rise ahead despite continuing funding cuts

6/2/17: 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 puts six Library buildings up for sale

2/1/17: 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.

County Council winds up social care training company

18/12/16: Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership Limited (LWDP), a company owned by Lancashire County Council, has ceased trading, 11 years after it was set up to support workforce development activities in the social care sector. LWDP formally ceased to trade on 7 December.

Bus Users' Group Meets as service cuts bite and doubts are raised about Lancaster's new Park & Ride scheme

12/10/16: Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) The next Lancaster District Bus Users' Group meeting is at 2.00 pm in Lancaster Library, on 20th October, announced as local press report on the disastrous impact service cuts are having, with one local pensioner resorting to hitch-hiking to get about.

Independent review confirms funding cuts will put Lancashire County Council in the red to meet legal provisions

28/9/16: Lancashire County Council has published an independent review of its finances which confirms that thanks to Tory government funding cuts, its long-term financial position is not sustainable, even if it makes significant further savings.

County Council Cuts Consultation Ends Soon

5/8/16: A screenshot of Lancashire County Council's interactive map identifying planned cuts to local services - as well as those that are continuingThere are just days left to have your say on Lancashire County Council's property review.

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

30/6/16: 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.

County Council, Wyre Council to meet to discuss cuts ahead

26/6/16: Leaders at Lancashire County Council have invited senior members and officers from Wyre Council to a meeting to discuss the ongoing review of the county council's buildings and how it delivers its services.

Lancashire County Council's Property consultation reaches quarter-way mark

9/6/16: A screenshot of Lancashire County Council's interactive map identifying planned cuts to local services - as well as those that are continuingLancashire County Council is encouraging more residents to have their say on its property review, with around 1,000 responses already received since the launch of a public consultation on 18th May.

County Council Cut Plans Revealed: local libraries, children's centres face the chop

13/5/16: Photo: Alexandrr P. Kapp(Updated 14th May 2016): Lancashire County Council's Cabinet has agreed to seek people's views on plans to change the way frontline services are delivered and save millions of pounds by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents - and a full list of buildings and services potentially under threat has been released.

Tory Cuts Continue with over 100 more local Civil Service staff jobs at risk

5/5/16: Analysis of a plan for cuts to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, leaked earlier this month, has revealed that 77 per cent of staff in line for potential redundancy are based in the regions, with more than 10,000 staff across the country in the potential redundancy pool – including 101 in Lancaster.

Bus Service Cuts Kick In This Weekend

31/3/16: Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet)Lancashire County Council is reminding bus users to check for any changes to services due to start from Sunday 3 April as service cuts kick, the result of swingeing Tory government funding cuts A number of changes are due to come in from Sunday, many as a result of a savings being made to Lancashire County Council's budget to support buses which...