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Cumbria sets £12M aside for flood repairs

Cumbria’s local authority proposes to increase council tax at a record low despite having to finding millions to put towards the cost of flood damage, it has said.

November’s floods caused widespread damage to the county’s highways and Cumbria County Council has faced further pressures caused by the recent cold snap.

In a bid to help pay for repairs, the council has set aside an extra £12.2M in this year’s “challenging” draft budget and proposes that council tax will rise just 1.9%.

Cumbria County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member responsible for resources Councillor Stewart Young said: “This has been one of the most challenging budgets the county council has ever had to produce at a time when life is still extremely difficult for many people in flood-affected areas.

“We have had to find an extra £12M to repair the county’s infrastructure damaged by the floods and winter weather. We have managed to do that as well as hold down the increase in council tax to a record low.”

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