Details of £110m council cuts in Leicestershire revealed

Up to 700 jobs could go at Leicestershire County Council and council tax will rise amid sweeping budget cuts designed to save £110million over the next four years, it has been announced.

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'Major changes' on the cards amid £110m council cuts

Council bosses in Leicestershire have warned people will see "major changes" in the coming years thanks to £110million of budget cuts.

Finance chief and deputy leader at the county council, Byron Rhodes, said while they had been "guided" by a public consultation, the scale of the cuts needed had forced their hand in some areas.

We have to save money due to a reduced government grant. At the same time, we have increased demand for certain services such as adult social care.

Our savings have been guided by the consultation results but, given the scale of the challenge, we can’t spare all the services that people wanted to see protected.

We simply cannot afford to run services the same way as we have in the past. It’s inevitable that the public will notice major changes.

We have to concentrate on caring for the most vulnerable people and that means saving money from other services, which have to take a lower priority.

– Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council deputy leader

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Jobs at risk and council tax to rise in Leicestershire

Up to 700 jobs could go at Leicestershire County Council and council tax will rise amid sweeping budget cuts designed to save £110million over the next four years, it was announced today.

Council tax will increase by 1.5 per cent - up to £1,078.94 from £1,063 - as part of the programme of cuts, which represent a one-third reduction in the council's budget by 2018.

Leicestershire County Council will make £110m budget cuts by 2018 Credit: Google Maps

The figure is made up of £80.9m of savings to be made across the council, including £12.5m which has yet to be allocated.

The council will also be increasing spending in adult social care and rubbish disposal.

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