£7m cash must be cut by county

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SAV­INGS pro­pos­als to­talling around £7m over the next three years will be con­sid­ered by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net when it meets tonight (Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7).

The pro­pos­als, which cover plans as di­verse as po­ten­tially clos­ing some trans­port in­for­ma­tion cen­tres, stop­ping the mem­ber grants scheme, and stop­ping some of the county coun­cil’s ex­tra shel­tered care sup­port, have been worked up by se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cers and will be pre­sented to cab­i­net as bud­get op­tions.

Coun­cil leader Cllr Ge­off Driver CBE said: “We have made no se­cret of the fact that the county coun­cil faces an ex­tremely se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial chal­lenge.

“We know that we will face a fund­ing gap of £161m in 2021/22 and that we will have spent the county coun­cil’s avail­able re­serves within the next two years.

“It is im­per­a­tive that we put plans in place to make the nec­es­sary sav­ings to se­cure a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the county coun­cil, and the vi­tal ser­vices that our most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents rely on.

“That will in­evitably mean mak­ing very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions and it is clear that these pro­pos­als will re­quire very se­ri­ous thought and con­sid­er­a­tion of their im­pli­ca­tions, when cab­i­net meets.”

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil leader Ge­off Driver

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