Our ask to government
Cumbria is already lobbying government for adequate funds for its residents and has joined other councils to call for a fairer funding formula for county councils across the country.
Cumbria needs the government to better understand the pressure we are under, especially in the short term, and support us and other councils with adequate resources for the upcoming financial year, ahead of this year’s spending review announcement. Councils also need better longer term financial planning from government to allow us to plan and deliver services in the most efficient way.
To date we have been successful in securing extra one off grants to help fund roads and infrastructure but we still need to secure significant additional funds for the most vulnerable and better long-term financial planning from government.
We need to look at rebalancing our budget and this may mean that as we go forward we can only provide essential services to those in need.
Cumbria is not alone in considering this. All councils are facing these challenges and are having to make these difficult decisions.