CUMBRIA has been allocated £360,000 in funding from the government.

The funds will go towards projects in the region, including bringing local authorities, the NHS and other key partners from the leisure sector together to deliver shared leisure and health services that will free up much-needed space in hospitals.

It is estimated this will reduce running costs by £390,000 a year.

The Minister for State for Efficiency and Transformation, Lord Agnew, said: "This government is committed to levelling up across the country as we build back better from the pandemic, creating new jobs and homes in our towns and cities.

"The latest projects to benefit from £30 million of One Public Estate funding will not only help unlock under-used public sector sites for homes but also help deliver jobs, better public services and save taxpayers’ money."

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "One Public Estate will play a crucial role in supporting the local and national economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

"This funding will support local authorities to make better use of their assets, release surplus land for new homes and help join up local services."