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The full list of the 38 council cuts set to be approved tonight

Proposals include closing children's centres, care homes and cutting funding for disabled children

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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WEST Berkshire Council is set to press ahead with £10.8m worth of cuts that will see children’s centres and care homes closed and school transport funding scrapped.

At a meeting of its executive tonight (Thursday), the council is expected to approve the cuts – £4.6m of which will come from public services – despite more than 2,500 residents responding to a public consultation.

In total, 38 different cuts are set to be voted through as part of the first phase, which includes cutting funding for disabled children and people with mental health issues.

These are the 38 areas which are set to be cut, with the potential saving for the council listed alongside it:

Removal of access officer post – £48,000

Cessation of Arts and Leisure Development Service – £54,000

Increase in car parking charges in Newbury, Thatcham, Theale and Pangbourne

Closure of the cash office in the council offices – £44,000

Funding scrapped for CCTV service (40 in total) – £224,930

Closure of Chestnut Walk Care Home in Hungerford – £94,000

Closure of four children’s centres in south Newbury, south Thatcham (Lower Way), East Downlands and Calcot – £300,000

Reduction in funding to Citizen’s Advice Bureau – £15,000

Funding scrapped for Greener Sub-Partnership – £20,000

Reduction in funding to the Eat 4 Health course – £7,000

Funding scrapped for Empowering West Berkshire – £50,000

Reduction in Family Resource Centre services – £100,000

Scrapping funding for Feel Good Fortnight – £10,000

Reduction in funding for highways maintenance – £522,000

Reduction in home-to-school transport services – £387,100

Removing funding for Housing Related Outreach Support Service – £184,000

Scrapping funding for the Jubilee Centre in Kintbury – £9,000

Reallocation of funding for Learning Independence for Travel – £114,000

Reduction of the mobile library service and the merger of Burghfield Common library and Mortimer library – £90,000

Reduction in funding for the Mental Health Supported Living Scheme – £100,000

Removal of the Oral Health Promotion Service – £24,000

Scrapping of funding for the Pang and Kennet project – £14,000

Reduction in funding for the Primary Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service – £40,000

Reduction in funding for free school holiday activities, free swimming lessons and transport – £16,000

Reallocation of funding for the Pre-School Counselling Service – £83,500

Transfer/closure of the public toilets at The Wharf and Pembroke Road in Newbury – £70,000

Reduction in the rural highways grass cutting service – £10,000

Removal of funding for school crossing patrols – £21,000

Reduction in funding for short breaks for disabled children – £345,000

Reduction in funding for the Smoking Cessation Service – £32,000

Removal of funding for Step by Step Support Lodgings – £100,000

Reduction in funding for Thames Valley Positive Support – £7,000

Reduction in funding for The Edge – £42,900

Reduction in funding for traffic management and road safety – £60,000

Transfer/closure of the Visitor Information Centre in Newbury – £62,000

Reduction in street cleaning – £100,000

Removal of funding for part of the Youth Offending Team’s work – £24,183


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  • PhilW

    14/02/2016 - 18:06

    What is going on. A few days ago 8 libraries were to be cut, now it's one? Are we now expected to breath a sigh of relief?


  • Books4me

    13/02/2016 - 15:03

    congratulations WBC, finally stirring from your slumber! It has been apparent to many of us that we as a nation/county/town/personally have been chronically living beyond our means. To redress this trend requires serious fiscal rectitude. I don't have my own priority list of cuts etc other than to know the current situation is unsustainable. These cuts, and those to follow will be difficult to administer and hard to bear, however nationally we have a moral duty to live within our means.


  • KennetandAvon

    12/02/2016 - 21:09

    It used to be that councils provided services paid fairly by the council tax,shared. And it used to be that those at the top managed their department budgets competently,each receiving a generous payment to reflect the responsibility. Now they are irresponsible with the budget and are unable to provide basic services as a consequence,yet they're each receiving the equivalent of a "lottery win" How did this happen?


  • philtull

    12/02/2016 - 17:05

    I know there has to be some reduction to funding certain public services (or so we are told) but this list demonstrates a disregard for those in society who rely on essential services such as the elderly and the young and vulnerable. How you can justify a reduction in support for any child mental health services as an example is beyond me. Please no more comments about not having a choice, there is 'always' a choice... Philip


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