The leader of Conservative-controlled Essex County Council has warned of big cuts and difficult choices after the government announced its funding settlement for local authorities across the country.
Cllr David Finch called the announcement 'more dismal than expected.'
Across the Anglia region, councils face a reduction in their spending power of £153 million.
“The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts. This is going to be incredibly tough on Essex residents, and will mean difficult decisions ahead for the Council.
“It is particularly disappointing that not only is the Government cutting spending, but it has also looked to redistribute grants away from councils like Essex, despite us facing some of the biggest challenges affecting the most vulnerable in society such as Social Care provision.
Councils across the Anglia region face cuts of £153 million next year which means more local services face being axed or cut back.
The Government says funding of police forces across the Anglia region is set to increase by £10.9m despite a cut in central grants.