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Lancaster’s support scheme will protect all council tax benefit claimants, say Greens

On Wednesday night Lancaster City Council voted 33-13 to preserve council tax benefit levels for all claimants in the face of a cut in government funding for the benefit. The government’s cut to the grant for council tax benefit would have resulted in the poorest-paid and unemployed couples in Lancaster district having to find £232 each year (£4.45 per week) in council tax from April.

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.

Have Your Say: Local Bus Service Subsidy Cuts

Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) Lancashire County Council has launched its initial consultation on the withdrawal of service subsidies from local bus services, as cuts in funding from central government continue to bite. We've listed all the local services that will be affected by these plans.

Morecambe MP concerned by Infimary cut rumours

MP David MorrisMorecambe MP David Morris is to challenge the Secretary of State for Health on some of the plans for Royal Lancaster Infirmary this week - both announced and rumoured to be under consideration (see news story).

Lancashire County Council Launches Budget Consultation, council tax rise to save services?

Lancashire County Council has announced the beginning of a consultation on proposals for its budget for 2014/15. As part of the consultation, the council is asking for views on a proposed 1.99% increase in council tax for the coming financial year.

County Council Reveals Plans for £176 million in budget cuts

Lancashire County Council's cabinet was today presented with a series of options that could help deliver £176 million in savings by April 2018. Senior council officers presented a report detailing how services could be delivered in future and how this could enable savings to be made.

Consultations on Lancashire County Council Budget Begin

County Hall - facing cutsLancashire County Council is urging local people to have their say on how it plans to tackle the huge savings it needs to make. Over the next five years to 2020/21 the council must deliver savings of £262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes.

May Day mobilization planned as cuts protests continue

Lancaster and Morecambe TUC will be holding an open meeting on Thursday 1st March 2012 to plan a week of events for May Day. The TUC are keen to hear ideas about celebrating May Day (either as International Labour Day or as the more traditional festival), demonstrating against cuts, celebrating trade unionism, celebrating occupation, or whatever you want May Day to be.

Lancashire Libraries an "Easy Target" when it comes to Budget cuts, say campaigners

The campaign to fight library closures is growing across the UK - but like many other councils, it seems Lancashire County Council has joined others in seeing possible closures as "easy target" when it comes to cuts.

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.

County Council winds up social care training company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...