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  • Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Figures published today show that the rate of 'bed blocking' in Cumbria is the worst in the country. More than 100 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. South Lakeland MP Tim Farron says the government must give an urgent funding boost to the social care system to tackle this crisis.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2017

    South Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has welcomed a new online system launched this week by the County Council to make it easier for residents to report highways faults and for the council to address them.

    The new online system enables users to log on and pinpoint the exact location of the problem on an interactive map, as well as to upload photos. Residents can report everything from potholes and blocked drains through to lighting issues and overgrown vegetation.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    South Lakeland MP Tim Farron will meet local health bosses later today to continue to press for an Urgent Care Centre at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal.

    Tim will meet with the Chief Executive and other senior officers from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. This NHS Trust runs the A&E units at Lancaster and Barrow, and also runs the Westmorland General Hospital site.

  • Cumbrian MPs meet Schools Minister to discuss cuts
    Article: Mar 21, 2017

    South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has expressed his "disappointment" following a meeting today with the Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP. The Minister accepted that schools in Cumbria faced a £23million cut in funding by 2020, and that this could see 625 teachers cut, but would not waver from his view that schools had to make savings.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has warned that the government is showing a "dangerous complacency" about the impact of leaving the single market on the farming industry. Last week a leading government minister warned that agricultural exports could face tariffs of between 30-40% on their exports to the EU.