In Cumbria we have a two tier local government. Bigger county-wide issues such as education, highways and social services are provided by Cumbria County Council whilst six district or borough councils provide more local services to the communities they serve e.g. street cleaning, refuse collections and planning. We have a legal responsibility to provide certain services such as bin collections, whilst other things like providing parks and gardens is discretionary. This means we are not obliged to provide them, but we can if we have sufficient funds and wish to do so.