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Chairman's Announcements


Households urged to get ready for £150 council tax rebate
The government urged households in England to set up direct debits with their local council to receive a £150 council tax rebate. This was a measure designed to ease the cost of fuel and energy price increases in recent weeks. People who pay council tax by direct debit will have seen £150 go directly into their bank accounts from April. Those who do not pay by direct debit will be contacted and invited to make a claim.


Reporting rough sleeping in Eden
The Council has received a number of reports of individuals rough sleeping in Penrith. Please be assured that the Housing Options Team at Eden Housing Association is offering assistance in these cases. If you see someone sleeping rough please send an alert through StreetLink to notify local services. To send an alert, visit or call 0300 500 0914.


Eden District Council stands with Ukraine
Eden District Council has lit up Town Hall in Penrith yellow and blue - the colours of the Ukrainian flag - to show its support for the people of Ukraine during the Russian invasion.

In this time of crisis, the people of Ukraine need as much help as they can get. An important way people in Eden can contribute is by donating to charities providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and by registering with the Government scheme for those who are able to provide accommodation to Ukrainian refugees.


Eden District Council invites applications for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund 2022
Eden District Council made £20,000 available through its Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund 2022 to assist Parish and Town Councils, community groups and individuals to organise events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Construction work begins at Council’s new net zero carbon single site headquarters
Representatives of Eden District Council and Collinson Construction have marked the beginning of refurbishment work at the Council’s new single site net zero carbon headquarters in Penrith with a traditional ground breaking ceremony, held on Thursday 24 March.


Major milestone for LGR reached
The Structural Changes Order, or SCO, for the reorganisation of Local Government in Cumbria has completed its passage through Parliament and has come into force. The SCO sets out the process of creating the two new councils of Westmorland and Furness and Cumberland, and provides the legal basis on which to implement the change to local government structures.


Eden Apprenticeship Scheme extends criteria to help more businesses
Eden District Council is supporting local businesses to recruit apprentices and upskill existing staff through its popular apprentice grant, and through a recent change, more employees are set to benefit.


The Eden Apprenticeship Scheme offers a grant of up to £2,000 for local firms who take on an apprentice. A change to the criteria also means that apprentices of all ages can now benefit from the scheme.


New or existing employees – of all ages - can undertake an apprenticeship qualification. A range of apprenticeship routes are available, such as business administration, engineering, care services, hospitality and much more.

New recycling service available for Eden Residents
Eden District Council, in partnership with ACE UK, has introduced a new recycling service in Penrith.
You can now recycle food and drink cartons, as well as paper containers with metal ends, at the Council’s Morrisons supermarket bring site in Penrith.


MP meets with Eden District Council leaders to discuss bold plans for the area
Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border, met with the leadership of Eden District Council to hear how the Council can support Government ambitions to spread opportunities to rural areas like Eden.

Council Leader, Virginia Taylor, and Deputy Leader Mary Robinson discussed the opportunities to be gained from partnership working and gave an overview of the Council’s Inspiring Eden plans to achieve rural excellence.


Council sets out cultural investment to benefit community wellbeing and local economy

To support community wellbeing and stimulate the local economy, Eden District Council is proposing an additional investment package in local arts and culture.


Already approved is an investment into cultural activity through the Inspiring Eden programme, with a focus on town centres, youth employment and entrepreneurship, tourism, and decarbonisation. Inspiring Eden is the Council’s economic plan to achieve rural excellence. Backed by an investment of £780,000, the programme looks to drive economic recovery and prosperity across the district in the coming months and years.


The first round of informal consultation is now open, and residents and businesses are being asked to have their say on the Business Support prospectus and a sector-focussed Visitor Economy prospectus.


Chairman’s Service


The Chairman also announced that he was hoping to hold an outgoing church service, he expressed that he would like to see as many Members there as possible. It was pencilled in as being held at St Andrews Church, on the evening of the 23 of May.