Children's centres, roads and social care - all will be feeling the pinch as Oxford County Council struggles to balance its books. Councillors have been voting today on how best to save millions of pounds. As Divya Kohli now reports, it means all departments will have to tighten their belts.
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. Divya Kohli asked pensioners for their views.
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.
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.
A piece of work between now and summer to look at where posts will come from. 100 posts include natural wastage. #kccbudget
John Simmonds: People have been cynical in the past about achieving our aims. But we have. #kccbudget
John Simmonds on reserves: Eric Pickles has given the impression that there is a lot of fruit on the tree. There isn't. #kccbudget
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.
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.