Leader fears cuts will be tough

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

THE leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil fears to­day’s emer­gency bud­get could re­sult in se­vere cuts to the author­ity’s fund­ing.

Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne is ex­pected to slash pub­lic sec­tor cash.

The city coun­cil al­ready has to cut its an­nual bud­get by £4 mil­lion, af­ter the Govern­ment cut its Area Based Grant by £3 mil­lion to £12 mil­lion.

Coun­cil leader Councillor Marco Cer­este said: “It is bad enough when you have a year to plan how to cut a bud­get, but to take £4 mil­lion out of an ex­ist­ing bud­get isn’t go­ing to be an easy task. It is im­por­tant we safe­guard front line ser­vices.

“We will wait to see what hap­pens. This coun­try is in trou­ble and it is fall­ing on to our shoul­ders to help pick it back up.”

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