Unions in Dorset are asking councillors to sign a Valentine's card today, in protest at ongoing cuts to budgets and services. The County Council warns than it will need to find at least £46m worth of savings in the next three years. This follows around £43m of savings made in the last two years.
Of the £46m, £19.5m of cuts are proposed for the forthcoming financial year, 2013-2014. All departments will be affected but the biggest cuts will be to adult social care, children's supported services and the Dorset Road Safety Partnership which operates things like speed cameras.
The debate over the proposed cuts has just begun. The councils says it needs to cut £46 million over three years. Out of that, it has identified £19.5 million to cut in the coming tax year of 2013 - 2014.
The cuts will be made in all departments, but if the plans are approved, road safety, adult services, and children's support services will face the largest cuts.
Councillors in Dorset will vote today on whether to make cuts of £11 million to the county's budget. Protesters gathered at the weekend to urge the council not to go ahead with the proposals. It's the first of a three year plan to ultimately shave £40 million from the budget.