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Amount of Cuts at North Yorkshire Council Rises to £93 Million

North Yorkshire County Council

2:19pm 15th January 2013

North Yorkshire County Council has told Minster FM the amount it needs to find in cuts has increased to £93 million.

People across the county will be given the opportunity to make their views known on the county council’s spending plans and priorities in a series of consultation events over the next two months.

The council is already in the middle of a four-year programme to reduce its spending by £69m by 2014/15 as a result of cuts in Government grants and other pressures on spending.

But the council now anticipates that as a result of a further council tax freeze and further changes to Government funding it will have to reduce spending by an extra £22m over the next two years on top of the £69m, and was expecting a total reduction of £91m by 2014/15.

But now Minster FM has been told that amount has increased to £93 million, here's Corporate Director Gary Fielding:

It will be necessary to begin implementing these reductions in April 2013.

“Our original task of finding £69m in savings posed very considerable challenges,” said County Councillor John Weighell, the Leader of the Council.

“Despite that, the council has done all it can to protect frontline services, and will continue to do so. More than half of the savings already made have come from reducing administration and bureaucracy.

“However, we have now reached the stage where we will have to look at every service the council provides.

“We also have to work to a short deadline. The first indication that the council would face cuts of this nature came in August, and we didn’t know the full scale of the savings until last month. In fact, we expect the figures will only be confirmed in January, just a few months before we need to be making the savings.”

The first consultation event will be held at Northallerton Library next Tuesday (December 11) at 6.30pm.  It will be followed by events at Scarborough Library, Pickering Library on Tuesday January 15; Harrogate Library, Wednesday January 16; Selby Library, Thursday January 17; and Richmond School, Tuesday January 22.  All the meetings begin at 6.30pm.

Further details can be found online at  www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget,  where people can give their views on the county council’s spending priorities.

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