The Cabinet of Gateshead Council have announced their recommendations to plug a 30 million pound funding gap and make budget cuts over the next two years.
The 30 million pound figure comes after a reduction in Government funding, and on top of 66 million pounds worth of cuts announced since the last general election.
The council have warned people that the proposals will have a noticeable impact upon those living in the area - with at least £233 less being able to be spend on each Gateshead resident than in 2010.
The proposals put forward today include:
- Asking trusts, charities, community groups and volunteers to run five libraries and some other community facilities
- Finding a new operating system for Bill Quay Community Farm. If this is not found it will close.
- Increased charges - rather than raising council tax - including on pest control and bulky waste collections.
- Reduced funding to cultural venues like The Sage Gateshead and BALTIC.
- Car park charges to be frozen at the 2012/2013 levels.
The council have also announced that there will be less job losses than the 224 posts originally thought, but these are in addition to the 1125 already lost.
A full council meeting will be held on 28 February to discuss the budget recommendations put forward by the Cabinet.