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Council needs to find a further £22.4m in savings by 2020

More cuts on the way and all options being considered

Dan Cooper

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IT’S not the news that those impacted by this year’s brutal £17.5m cuts to public services will want to hear – but West Berkshire Council needs to find a further £22.4m of savings by 2020.

This year saw council tax rise by the maximum four per cent, children’s centres close and funding for disabled children cut – while there is still uncertainty about the future of the district’s library service.

But the worst isn’t over and, once again, all options are being considered as the council looks to plug a massive reduction in government funding over the next three years.

Last week, at a special meeting, councillors approved an efficiency plan in order to accept the Government’s four-year financial settlement which will signal the next set of cuts.

The efficiency plan had to be published on the council’s website by October 14 – last Friday – in order for it to accept the settlement.

The council says that, by accepting the settlement, it gives it stability in knowing what funding reductions to expect in the coming years.

However, it admits that it doesn’t actually know what details the Government is expecting it to include in the efficiency plan, which has led to fears it could be rejected.

See this week's Newbury Weekly News for more on this story. 

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  • DonCossack

    22/10/2016 - 20:08

    HOW ABOUT YOU CUT YOU WAGES AND GET RID OF YOUR COMPANY CARS INSTEAD OF SELLING OFF THE TOWN TO DEVELOPERS LOOKING TO CREATE A DORMITORY SETTLEMENT

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  • Ihavenonickname

    21/10/2016 - 16:04

    So it's batten down the hatches for yet another Tory Austerity storm! Newbury and wider West Berkshire gets what it voted for. A Tory controlled Council and a Tory MP. Not in my name!

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  • NewburyDenizen

    21/10/2016 - 14:02

    Given this year's cuts haven't affected me, I'm not too bothered, but I'm selfish. Because I'm selfish, I completely understand why the councillors haven't cut their own wages. Doesn't make it right though lol.

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  • JonnyRoberts

    21/10/2016 - 14:02

    Still astonished that they haven't reversed their own councillor allowance increase

    Reply

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