Copeland's mayor is encouraging residents to submit their views on what the borough council's priorities should be ahead of its next budget.

The elected mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has encouraged residents to take part in Copeland Council's budget consultation.

The consultation will help the council form its plans for the 2021 and 2022 financial year's budget.

Mr Starkie explained that Copeland Council "must save funds" in the coming financial year, due largely to the reduction both in central Government grants and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are prioritising the delivery of our statutory commitments while increasingly using income and grants to run our discretionary services," he said.

"We are asking residents what they think our priorities should be in terms of local government reform, town centres, the Beacon Museum and open spaces.

"We're also asking the public for its views on a number of discretionary services we provide, including the collection of garden waste, and our customer services arrangements."