Only a quarter of the total funds promised to farmers to recover from the floods last winter have been paid out, figures uncovered by South Lakes MP Tim Farron show.
Following last winter's floods, the Farming Recovery Fund was set up to provide grants of up to £20,000 to farmers to help them restore damaged agricultural land. Over £9million of funding was approved for this scheme, designed to support over 1000 projects.
South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has set out his vision for the future of NHS services in South Lakeland in the light of secret Government plans to save millions by cutting services.
The Government wants health bosses in Lancashire and South Cumbria to find £805million of savings by 2021. Details of the impact of these savings are being kept secret, but in other parts of the UK are leading to the closure of wards or whole hospital departments.
Local MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency has the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the country, saying it is "a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of local people".
The House of Commons Library has today released data showing that the unemployment rate for Westmorland and Lonsdale is just 0.5%. This is significantly lower than the national average of 2.4%.
Local businesses will be left to travel further to service vehicles due to the planned closure of the testing site in Milnthorpe. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has accused the government of "overlooking the needs of rural businesses in areas like South Lakeland".
The Goods Vehicle Testing Station at Milnthorpe currently provides vehicle testing services to businesses across the South Lakes, however it is planned to close in early 2017. Once the centre closes, local businesses will be left with a far longer journey to access these services, with the next nearest centres found in Penrith, Lancaster, or Barrow-in-Furness.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron is encouraging South Lakes residents to get behind a local high street which has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Kirkby Lonsdale town centre has made the running as a finalist in the 'Great British High Street Competition 2016' in the 'village' category. The competition praises how local stakeholders have worked together, writing that "Kirkby Lonsdale show how the high street really is the heart of the community."