Coun­cil ad­mits cuts will add pres­sure

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

CAM­BRIDGESHIRE County Coun­cil has ad­mit­ted that fur­ther Govern­ment grant cuts will put pres­sure on the author­ity.

The coun­cil saw its Area Based Grant (ABG) slashed from £33.8 mil­lion to £28.5 mil­lion fol­low­ing the first round of cuts by the Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Govern­ment (CLG) depart­ment.

As well as £2.98 mil­lion it lost in grants for ar­eas such as ed­u­ca­tion, £3.24 mil­lion of cap­i­tal grants for roads, houses and in­fra­struc­ture has also been cut.

The coun­cil will re­ceive a to­tal of £496 mil­lion in Govern­ment grants this year.

But – com­ing at a time of fi­nan­cial pres­sure on lo­cal au­thor­i­ties fol­low­ing the re­ces­sion– the coun­cil says ev­ery penny counts and the author­ity has al­ready pledged to save £80 mil­lion over the next five years.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabi­net mem­ber for re­sources and per­for­mance, said: “We have al­ready set out a vi­sion of trans­form­ing the coun­cil and its ser­vices over the next five years, which would also see some sav­ings of around £80 mil­lion.

“Our fo­cus is on achiev­ing this and pre­serv­ing front­line ser­vices as far as pos­si­ble within very tight fi­nan­cial re­straints.

“These re­duc­tions will put fur­ther pres­sure on us but we have a strat­egy which will help us find ways to de­liver these ad­di­tional sav­ings.”

The Govern­ment’s CLG needs to save £1.16 bil­lion over the com­ing year.

How­ever, the cuts an­nounced on Fri­day only ac­count for £451 mil­lion in rev­enue grant sav­ings and £288mil­lion in cap­i­tal grant sav­ings, mean­ing more cuts could fol­low.

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