Council cuts approved

13 July 2010, 06:00

Speed cameras, road improvements and children and young people's services are all being hit by cuts at Gloucestershire County Council.

The Council looks have approved savings of nearly £7 million, after having grants cut by the coalition Government, who are trying to cut the country's debts.

The move will affect around 50 members of staff.

From now on there will be no new investment in speed cameras and the Council say they will look at what has happened in Swindon, where the local council has stopped all funding for static cameras.

Many road improvement schemes will stop too, with the focus on repairing and maintaining existing roads rather than funding any new projects.

Council leader Mark Hawthorne told Heart they have made some tough decisions:

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One of the biggest cuts will hit children and young people's services, which will have to save £3.2 million.

Deputy leader Paul McLain told Heart how they would be making those savings:

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The Council assure us cuts will not affect child protection and they plan to carry on with a scheme to fund 30 new social workers.

But this could just be the tip of the iceberg, with the council expecting to have to save in the region of £100 million in the future.

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