More funding cuts to services in Nottingham

The city's council needs to make £25 million in savings over the next year Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Elderly people in Nottingham will have to pay the full price for Meals on Wheels and could face increases in charges for residential care.

The cost rises are among proposals by Nottingham City Council which has to find a further £25 million in savings next year.

The savings will bring the total made by the Council to more than £150 million by 2016.

The savings will also include a reduction to the opening hours of the city's Children's Centres which serve thousands of parents and children under the age of 5 and a reduced health prevention service which deals with issues like teenage pregnancy and help for people to give up smoking.

City Council subsidies to the arts including grants to the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre and the Nottingham Contemporary will be cut by 5%.

The cuts will mean more than 75 jobs losses.

Many will be met by current vacancies that will not be filled but Council leaders say redundancies cannot be ruled out.

Deputy Council Leader Graham Chapman said because of an growing older population in the city and increasing pressure on safeguarding children cuts needed to be made to protect vital services to those most vulnerable.

But he also blamed the Government for not providing the money council's urgently needed.

He said: " We are doing our best to dampen the effects of what the Government is doing to cities in the North and the Midlands. We are being as efficient as we can be and we are trying to earn additional income. We are trying to distribute the cuts as fairly as we can. It isn't easy.

A Council Tax increase of 2% has been proposed by the Council for the coming year.