A public consultation on how to save millions of pounds from Cumbria County Council's budget has ended.

The county council has been asking for views on the organisation’s proposals to tackle a tough financial challenge. It said the government was taking a big bite out of the council’s budget as part of its efforts to balance the nation’s books.

As a result, the council was losing one in every four pounds which it used to receive to pay for local services.

The consultation began on 17 October and closed at 5pm on January 20.

During that time, more than 1,400 surveys were received, along with several hundred separate correspondences.

The county council's cabinet will consider all the feedback before recommending a budget for 2014/15 at its meeting on 30 January. A meeting of the full council will then meet to agree a final budget on February 13.

Coun Jo Stephenson, the county council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has shared their views through this consultation.

"There has been a very good response with more than 1,400 people taking the time to feedback.

"The proposals the council has been consulting on include changes that would reduce back-office costs; put prevention before cure when it comes to health, safety and wellbeing; and see the council working with communities to develop local solutions to some of the challenges facing different parts of Cumbria.

"There are also proposals where, due to the scale of savings needed, the council would stop doing some things and do other things differently.

"There are no easy solutions, but in putting forward these saving propositions we have been determined not to undermine our responsibilities to vulnerable people in Cumbria.

"This is why there are no proposals to close children’s centres or reduce support for children in care, or at risk of harm.

"Nor are there are there any proposals to reduce front-line social care services for older people, or the council's support for credit unions and other essential welfare services."