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

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