The full scale of cuts to be made by Leicestershire County Council over the next four years was laid bare today, as leaders prepare for the final vote on the budget.
The authority must slash £110million from its spending programme by 2018 - a reduction of a third.
Council leader Nick Rushton said finance chiefs had listened to the results of a public consultation when deciding where the axe should fall.
– Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton
Responding to our consultation, taxpayers have told us to spend less on grants and on services including streetlighting, grass-cutting, museums and libraries – so that’s what we are proposing to do.
They also told us they are prepared to see a Council Tax increase of up to 1.5 per cent.
That’s what we are considering, subject to receiving further details from the government.
The main actions to be taken over the next few years will be:
- £68.4m of savings which have already been found
- £12.5m of savings to be made in 2017/18, which have not yet been identified
- £25m of extra spending in areas of need, including £21.3m into adult social care and £2.7m into waste disposal
- Council tax will increase by 1.5 per cent, from £1,063 to £1,078.94, depending on government guidelines
- 700 jobs will go, in addition to the 600 already slashed over the past three years
According to the council's plan, some of the main cuts will come from social care for both children and adults.
Between them, the two departments will lose £35.3m.
The major cuts will include the following:
- £12.6m from children and young people's services, including a £1.5m cut in the cost and number of social care placements
- £22.7m from adults and community services, including £1.9m from museums and libraries and the redevelopment of Snibston as a mining museum
- £18.7m from environment and transport, including £1.2m from street lighting and £3.3m from changes to highways maintenance
- £2m in reduced grants to voluntary groups
- £80,000 in reduced maintenance of country parks
There was some good news to be had, as the council pledged to spend £21.9m on capital projects, funded by government grants and sale of land.
A further £54.9m, funded by the government, will be invested into creating more school places.
The cabinet will consider the initial proposals on January 15, before it goes to full council on February 19.
The full details of the budget can be found on the council's budget page.