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20 January 2011, 09:21
Cambridgeshire County Council has outlined exactly where and how £160 million worth of savings will be made over the next five years.
It's because the authority is getting a 14% reduction in government funding.
The cuts aim to save £50.4 million in 2011/2012 and £160.6 million over the next five years.
The proposals, which include 450 job cuts across a range of departments, will be considered by the County Council's cabinet next week.
They include a freeze on council tax for the next financial year, and probably for the next four years.
The proposals include the following cuts:
Highways & Transport
Councillor Jill Tuck, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "These are unprecedented times.
We know that rises in VAT, fuel prices and living costs in general are impacting on family budgets.
So the first thing to get right is to make sure we don’t add to that, and so we propose not to increase our portion of council tax in the next year.
To deliver our proposed plan, The Council will have to work in a completely different way.
We will be a genuinely local council.
We’ll hand decisions about spending and service provision to people at the most local level wherever possible.
We know that a lot of people are already actively involved in their local areas, and we want to free up communities to do even more and support themselves.
We will focus on prevention - helping people early on, increasing their independence and choice, and helping them to help themselves.
We will make sure that every penny in every pound counts.
We will protect the frontline and will be as efficient behind-the-scenes as possible.
We will only provide services directly when this makes most sense. And we will work even more closely with other public services, the private sector, voluntary organisations, and communities to make sure we’re joined up and providing the best value possible."