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190 jobs to go - £40m cuts needed in Southampton

Almost 200 jobs are to go - and some services will be merged as Southampton City Council, once again, struggles to balance its books. Today, council leaders confirmed the scale of the savings needed.

One hundred and ninety jobs will be axed this year, with 40 posts to go immediately. Council tax in the area will rise by almost two percent - for the fourth year running. There is a £12 million financial black hole, and the authority needs to save £40 million over the next four years. Juliette Fletcher reports.

The interviewees are Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, Labour; and Hayley Garner from the Unison trade union.

Man with brain damage says Headway charity has 'changed his life'

A man who suffered brain damage at birth is leading calls to save the charity which, he says, has changed his life.

Andy Baker goes to the rehabilitation centre at Headway Oxfordshire in Kennington once a week. Along with its own fundraising efforts the organisation receives money from the county council.

The local authority is due to discuss its budget next week. Mr Baker says if planned cuts go ahead the charity may not be able to continue all of its good work. Kate Bunkall reports.


Council tax rise and cuts to services in Oxfordshire

Council tax looks set to rise 1.99% in Oxfordshire as the council aims to save £77m between now and 2017.

The biggest savings will be £28m in Adult Social Care. Charges for day centres will triple in the next two years from £4.18 a day to £15 for five hours for pensioners.

Other proposals include an £800,000 cut from the children's centres budget but the council insist none of Oxfordshire's 44 centres will close. The council will also introduce 24-hour charges at park & rides.


Kent budget cuts: full report

For the third year running council tax in Kent will be frozen. But it will mean the loss of at least another one hundred jobs - and a raid on emergency funds.

The county council - one of the biggest in Britain - is slashing its spending by nearly ninety million pounds to balance the books after cuts in government grants.

John Ryall talks to Kent County Council's leader, Paul Carter and Councillor John Simmonds.

Kent's budget: council's comments

Kent County Council Budget: latest headlines

Kent County Council's HQ where the media conference is taking place Credit: ITV News Meridian

Kent County Council has announced it needs to lose 100 posts as part of a drive to save £16 million.

It needs to make £90 million of savings in total from a budget of just over £1 billion

Leader Paul Carter says some of the job losses will come through natural wastage and that many would be from back office positions. He's stated that there would be little impact on frontline services.

West Sussex fire service budget cuts consultation ends

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service consultation ends

A public consultation into a cost saving plan by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service comes to an end today. Proposals include reductions in support staff and managers and changes to some response arrangements.

The proposals could reduce the service's budget by £2.5 million. It's part of West Sussex County Council's bid to cut its costs by seventy-nine million pounds.