Jobs axed at County Council

Its been confirmed to Heart that 134 Jobs will go and services will be cut...but council tax won't go up

The leader of Somerset County Council's told Heart tough choices had to be made over 40 million pound budget cuts.

The Conservatives election promise of a council tax freeze has been honoured but it means money has had to be saved elsewhere.

Services affected by funding cuts include domestic violence support, libraries and care homes as well as subsidised for rural buses and the planned expansion of the Silk Mills Park and Ride in Taunton.

134 jobs will go at County Hall although Councillor Ken Maddock insists most of these posts are already empty.

Councillor Maddox also told us more difficult financial decisions will have to be made in the future but that its a big step forward for the council.

You can hear our journalist Lindsey's full interview with Councillor Maddock here...

Hear the latest in the news on Heart this afternoon with Lindsey.