West Berkshire Need To Save £9million

25 November 2011, 05:00 | Updated: 25 November 2011, 17:10

They've announced their budget plans for next year and say frontline services will be affected.

West Berkshire Council need to make savings of £9 million on their current budget of £125 million.

They've told Heart £3 million worth of savings can be made in staff, including management, meaning 47 people will lose their jobs, on top of 120 redundancies made last year.

It's proposed another £2 million will come from savings made in services to vulnerable groups, things like adult social care and those with learning difficulties.

West Berkshire Council Leader, Graham Jones, said:

"As a district we are well-placed to cope with some of the worst effects of the economic recession.

"However, the district council is duty bound to make its contribution to reducing the national deficit in line with demands of the coalition government.  

"Savings are unavoidable and difficult decisions are having to be made, but we believe we can meet this challenge through prudent financial management which will allow maintenance of the most important front-line services for local people."

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