Latest News from Cumbria County Council - Friday 16 February 2018

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Full Council agrees budget and new plan for the future

At a meeting this week, Cumbria County Council’s Full Council discussed how it can meet the financial challenges as it looks ahead to 2022. They also discussed proposals on a new Council Plan, including a new vision, new ways of working, and a new set of outcomes to deliver the best possible services for the people of Cumbria.

Full Council agreed to the following:

• A general increase of Council Tax by 1.99% for 2018/19;
• An additional precept for Adult Social Care of 2.00% for 2018/19;
• A new budget and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2018-2022;
• A new Council plan for 2018-2022.

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Touring exhibition highlights 100 years of mental health care in Cumbria

A touring exhibition to shine a fresh light on mental health stigma is underway in locations across the county. The free exhibition by Cumbria County Council aims to get Cumbria talking about mental health using recently released archives from Carlisle’s former mental institution, the Garlands Hospital.

The archives include maps, photos and patient records which date back as far as the 1860's and provide a glimpse into the very early days of mental health care provision in Cumbria, the patients of the hospital and their treatments.

Exhibition dates

Drop-in during opening hours at the venues below:

Carleton Clinic (Cafe), Carlisle -  Monday 12 - Friday 23 February

Carlisle’s Archive Centre, Lady Gillford's House, Carlisle - Monday 26 February - Friday 9 March

Kendal Library - Monday 12 - Friday 23 March

Workington Library -  Monday 2 - Friday 13 April

Penrith Library - Monday 16 to Monday 30 April


New fund for communities in Eden

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Cumbria County Council's Eden Local Committee has agreed an allocation of £10,000 to support projects which look to increase the number of community driven social dining clubs in Eden and to encourage online awareness of local social activity. These projects will run alongside the Cumbria County Council Public Health initiative to establish ‘Good Neighbours’ schemes throughout the district.

Grants will also be made available to encourage and enable community groups to set up lunch clubs in their village or neighbourhood.  This will enable local residents, especially older adults to socialise, reducing social isolation and contributing towards resilient communities.  Research shows that these clubs are linked with an individual’s happiness, the number of friends they have, their connection with the local community and their overall satisfaction with life.

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Jobs of the week

Here are some of our most recent and exciting job opportunities, if you or someone you know is looking for a new challenge see below: 

Health and Wellbeing Coach

Capital Programme Project Lead

Specialist Teacher

Children's Services Social Work opportunities

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