Hampshire County Council decision-makers to meet about finding £90million of savings (From Andover Advertiser)
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Hampshire County Council decision-makers to meet about finding £90million of savings
HAMPSHIRE County Council is being forced to find £90million worth of savings following a fall in Government grants and the rising costs of providing services.
The decision-making Cabinet will meet tomorrow in a bid to discuss how to plug the multi-million pound shortfall.
The county council, which provides services such as running libraries, adult and children social care, and roads maintenance, will be short of £90m by 2015 without overhauling its outgoings.
In the past three years the authority has already saved £130million, and slashed spending by 25 per cent.
Leader of the council Cllr Roy Perry said the council spending needs to fall a further 12 per cent by April 2015.
The shortfall has been blamed on the rising costs of services such as adult social care and a drop in annual Government grants.
However, he said he has no intention of hiking council tax bills to meet the plug the gap.
He added that it was “impossible to know” how many council jobs are likely to be affected but dismissed media reports stating that up to 1,800 jobs are set to go.
Cllr Perry said: “We plan to stay in business and protect jobs as far as possible to give the best local services to our community, while living within our means.”
Up to 10 per cent of senior management posts are under threat.
To date a council voluntary redundancy programme and 20 compulsory redundancies has cut the council’s outgoings by £46m Savings will also be made by making services more efficient.
“A lot of activity is currently being undertaken across the council to find efficiencies through a number of carefully targeted work streams,” Cllr Perry said.
“We cannot be precise about staff figures until early next year, closer to the budget preparation.”
He added: “We haven’t taken our foot off the pedal in the work to reshape services to secure savings and £75m towards this target has already been indentified.”
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