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Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.
Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.
“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”
Councils are examining their budgets and deciding where savings and cuts can be made as government funding is to be cut by 14% next year.Read the full story ›
Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.
The main grant from the government to local councils in the Anglia region is being cut by £323 million next year - a reduction of nearly 14%.
However the government says that the overall reduction in spending power for English councils will be 1.8%, with no council facing a loss of more than 6.4%.
The "spending power" figure includes other income that local councils receive like NHS grants, council tax and business rates and local fees and charges.
The Local Government Association said that the provisional finance settlement for 2015/16 amounted to an 8.8% cut in core central Government funding, bringing to 40% the total reduction in support since the coalition came to power in 2010.
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