Hampshire County Council has an annual budget of almost £2 billion pounds. That money is spent on public services like education, roads, libraries, public health and waste disposal.
So far - since central Government's funding began to be cut in 2008 - the council has saved £340 million from its budget.
Because of the rising cost of adult social care - like services for the elderly - it has increased council tax. Despite that, it says it faces a budget shortfall of £140 million.
We have been reporting for some time now, the extent of the financial challenge that we continue to face. With our revenue support grant from Government soon coming to an end, together with rising inflation and significant increases in the numbers of elderly people, younger adults and children needing care - the pressures are mounting.
Members of the public, for good reasons, tend not to see the children in the care of the County Council, or those on the 'at risk register', but there is no doubt in my mind that they must be our highest priority to protect.
We are limited on the level by which we can increase council tax, and changes to the law would be needed to enable us to introduce or increase charges for some services - even though residents have indicated they would prefer to make contributions for some discretionary services rather than lose them.
The financial outlook remains extremely challenging. It's going to be very difficult indeed to achieve a further £140 million of savings, on top of the £340 million of spending reductions we have had to make since our funding from central Government began to reduce in 2008.
A final decision on where the cuts will be come wil be made by full council on November 2.
Work is continuing on the regeneration of Wokingham town centre - but some traders are concerned they could go out of business. The borough council has been criticised for the lack of support - but it says the work is essential to meet the future needs of residents.
Linden Reader, owner of The Dollshouse Boutique, tells ITV News Meridian how it's affecting her:
A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.
The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.
It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.
The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.
A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.
This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."
Work is progressing on a multi-million pound development in Southampton.
This time-lapse footage shows how the city's former fruit and vegetable market is being transformed.
The £60 million scheme off Queensway involves the building of more than 200 apartments plus commercial space.
A collection of original illustrations for the iconic Ladybird books is to go on display at the Museum of Rural Life in Reading.
The artwork is from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on jobs of the day and includes the miner, the sailor and the lifeboatman.
Mel Bloor has been to take a look.
Mel spoke to Clare Plascow, Collections Officer, Museum of Rural Life in Reading.
- Watch the full report by Mike Pearse below
The RMT union has been protesting to keep guards on trains on the first full day of the new South West Trains franchise.
Members have been demonstrating at Waterloo station in a bid not to extend driver only operation to the service.
The new owners First Group, which already owns Great Western Railway, takes over the company at a time when August upgrade work is putting pressure on services.
As Mike Pearse reports.
Mike spoke to Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT and Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway and Owen Johns from Network Rail.
It is the final day for Hampshire residents to have their say on how budget cuts will affect the county's future.
The authority is expecting to face a £140 million gap in its budget due to national austerity measures.
The public can comment on potential changes to services, ways to generate income and increases to council tax.
The county has already seen a £340 million cut in spending over the last nine years.
Work on what will become Hampshire's biggest building - is at its halfway stage. The new exhibition centre will hold 10,000 people. It's being built as part of the Farnborough Airshow facilities. It's costing £30 million and is a joint partnership between the councils and the airshow organisers, who hope it will boost the local economy. Mike Pearse reports.
Plans to bring 15 thousand new homes to Didcot are a step closer with news of a £6 million government grant.
It will be used to improve the area's transport network and deliver the 'Northern Perimeter Road'.
It's part of the new Didcot Garden Town which should be complete by 2031.
It's hoped the route will lead to faster journeys and less congestion.
Alok Sharma, MP Minister for Housing & Planning
It has been years in the making and next month Bracknell's new, state of the art, shopping centre will finally open.
Today hundreds turned out at a jobs fair looking for work at the Lexicon.
It's the second one to be held with the first attracting more than 2,000 people.
But the Lexicon is just one part of the massive town centre make over.
As Mel Bloor reports.
Mel spoke to Rob Morris, General Manager of The Lexicon and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker from Bracknell Forest Council, Con.