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£93m cuts proposed in Hampshire County Council budget

Freezing the council tax for another year was just one decision made at a meeting held in Winchester

Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council has agreed to make cuts worth £93m by 2015.

Conservative budget proposals for Hampshire were passed on Thursday following a lengthy discussion at the council’s headquarters in Winchester.

Council leader Roy Perry carried the budget forward, which included freezing the authority's share of the overall council tax bill for another year.

In bid to save 12% of the budget, senior management jobs will be reduced, community safety officers known as ACSOs will be taken off the streets and £4m will be cut from supporting vulnerable people.

The Liberal Democrat opposition put forward proposals to help save vital services during the meeting, but left empty handed.

County councillor Adrian Collett, Lib Dem member for Yateley, said: “They [the ruling Conservative administration did not back down on the ACSOs, so they will be getting rid of all of those in the coming year.

“There was not a rebellion in the Tory rank.

“Apart from being quite wicked, cutting £4m from the supporting people budget is stupid.

“These vulnerable people will have problems further down the line, costing more money.”

A public consultation into changes for mobile libraries is under way, as money has not been set aside in the budget to keep some of them running.

The budget was passed with 40 councillors voting in favour, three against and 24 abstentions.

Cllr Perry said funding from the government "paints a difficult picture for many years to come".

But Hampshire’s budget was value for money and the "envy" of all other councils, he added.

He said he was "committed to avoid the soft option" of putting up council tax.

“We want to look after all the households in Hampshire.

“It will be the fifth year in a row that council tax will not increase.

"It means we have the lowest county council tax in the south east and the fourth lowest in the whole country.”

 

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