Councils face further funding cuts

Councils across the North East face having to find further savings totalling hundreds of million pounds, after learning today how much funding they will receive from the government.

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Council faces £130m funding cut

Northumberland County Council faces the prospect of having to cut spending by £130m over the next four years.

It comes after Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published new figures as part of the Local Government Finances Settlement announced today.

Councils face an average cut of 2.9% across the country.

Some authorities in the North East will see their budgets cut by an even bigger proportion.

“Local government is facing unprecedented financial pressure as the Government focusses its public sector expenditure reduction upon councils. The provisional settlement confirms the government’s intention to significantly reduce grant funding, which will unfortunately adversely impact upon local service delivery. The council faces the prospect of having to cut £130 million over the next four years, with cuts of around £32 million next year_.”

– Cllr Dave Ledger, deputy leader Northumberland County Council

Council funding cuts confirmed

Councils across the region were told today the extent of overall cuts to funding for 2014/15.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published the figures which showed an average cut of 2.9% across the country.

A spokesman for Newcastle Council said they were facing an overall cut to spending of 4.6% - more than ten million pounds - but that the news was what they expected.

Middlesbrough Council is facing a reduction of more than 5%.

Funding cuts to both councils are well above the national average.

ITV News Tyne Tees contacted all of our region's councils about the figures but many said it was too early to tell what the cuts meant for them.

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