Cash-crisis council backs 'radical' cuts

Category : UK News
Updated On : August 10, 2018 05:35 AM
By Indian Times Daily

A cash-strapped council has approved massive cuts to jobs and services in a bid to tackle a funding shortfall of £70m.

Northamptonshire County Council backed the action plan to reduce spending during a crisis meeting. Children's services, road maintenance and waste management are among the areas facing "radical" cuts.

Other councils face similar issues, with East Sussex planning service cuts to a legal minimum "core offer". The government sent in commissioners to run Northamptonshire in April after the authority revealed a projected overspend of £21m for 2017-18.

However, the council was forced to issue a second spending control order to stave off a projected budget shortfall of £60m-£70m this financial year.

All but one of the Conservative MPs backed the action plan earlier while the opposition groups voted against. The council will now work out what impact this will have on individual services and jobs.

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