Hampshire County Council approves £93m of cuts to services

Daily Echo: Council approves £93m of cuts to services Council approves £93m of cuts to services

HAMPSHIRE County Council has today approved £93m of cuts to services by April 2015.

The council agreed to Tory chiefs' plans to slice 12 per cent off each departments budget over the next two years, with librarians, neighbourhood wardens and lollipop patrols counting the cost.

They will also spend more than ever before on roads, particularly in the wake of huge floods, with £36m allocated over the next three years.

Around 277 full time posts will be slashed under the plans as the county authority tries to save £43m.

But as many as 1,000 more could go next year with the council looking to save £50m more.

Leader Roy Perry said the council had been forced to reassess its priorities after a 43 per cent reduction in government grants, third highest in the South East.

He said: "It's time to recognise that we need to focus on services where we are the sole provider like children's services and the elderly.

"We need to find more economically efficient ways of providing these services."

He added: "We will find strategies within schemes and programmes that will see us continue in these austere and difficult times and continue to provide good seiches and not take easy steps like raising council tax and using our reserves."

The authority's council tax precept was frozen for the fourth year in a row with a typical Band D home paying £1,037.

Almost £150m will be spent on providing more school places for children over the next decade while £5.7m has been earmarked for improving county parks.

Some services like Accredited Community Safety Officers have been axed Lib Dem leader Keith house criticised the plans as "salami slicing".

He said: "There is a different way of addressing our need to save by investment rather than simply cutting, and avoid salami slicing departments year after year.

"We have seen over the past four of five years running it is not a sustainable way forward."

But a Lib Dem amendment proposing spending £30m more on roads, £200,000 on flood defences and removing cuts to public transport, libraries and careers for disabled children was rejected.

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5:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kaido says...

Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city.
Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city. kaido
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6:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Instead of this political posturing, / vote catching, why not instigate a sensible Council Tax to cover the cost of essential services?
Instead of this political posturing, / vote catching, why not instigate a sensible Council Tax to cover the cost of essential services? OSPREYSAINT
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7:27pm Thu 20 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

kaido wrote:
Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city.
Except this story relates to Hampshire County Council and NOT Southampton City Council. Having said that, HCC could also stop wasting money in similar ways to SCC.
[quote][p][bold]kaido[/bold] wrote: Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city.[/p][/quote]Except this story relates to Hampshire County Council and NOT Southampton City Council. Having said that, HCC could also stop wasting money in similar ways to SCC. eurogordi
  • Score: 6

7:52pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

I can understand cutting Libraries as we only need the odd one or two. Most people have access to the internet or the money to buy a book. I am only speaking for myself here as I haven't been in a Library for 20 odd years.

Surely if we had more centralised libraries with a bigger collection of services rather than several scattered everywhere it's a good thing.

Students use the Uni Library, pensioners have a bus pass, unemployed get free travel if it's deemed job seeking etc.

I'm in no way saying I am correct, but just my views, so feel free to correct me.
I can understand cutting Libraries as we only need the odd one or two. Most people have access to the internet or the money to buy a book. I am only speaking for myself here as I haven't been in a Library for 20 odd years. Surely if we had more centralised libraries with a bigger collection of services rather than several scattered everywhere it's a good thing. Students use the Uni Library, pensioners have a bus pass, unemployed get free travel if it's deemed job seeking etc. I'm in no way saying I am correct, but just my views, so feel free to correct me. Loveyourcity
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

thinklikealocal says...

kaido wrote:
Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city.
Wrong Council!
[quote][p][bold]kaido[/bold] wrote: Why not cancel plans to build the rest of the 'cultural' quarter instead? No need for any of these cuts at all if Southampton City Council of all colours weren't so obsessed with 'improving' the city.[/p][/quote]Wrong Council! thinklikealocal
  • Score: 2

12:12am Fri 21 Feb 14

exforester says...

A pay freeze for the hierarchy for a start! 'Lower grades' have been on a pay freeze for 5 years, Mr Smith hasn't. £47k goes a long way when used properly.
A pay freeze for the hierarchy for a start! 'Lower grades' have been on a pay freeze for 5 years, Mr Smith hasn't. £47k goes a long way when used properly. exforester
  • Score: 0

3:14am Fri 21 Feb 14

Poppy22 says...

Comical that the Lib Dems want spending on flood defences when in Eastleigh Borough they're planning to build on at least one flood area by the River Hamble (Bursledon) and on as much water-absorbing countryside in the Borough as they can, despite even small developments of new houses not selling and second hand homes constantly being reduced in price - or rented out - because they aren't selling after months on the market!
Comical that the Lib Dems want spending on flood defences when in Eastleigh Borough they're planning to build on at least one flood area by the River Hamble (Bursledon) and on as much water-absorbing countryside in the Borough as they can, despite even small developments of new houses not selling and second hand homes constantly being reduced in price - or rented out - because they aren't selling after months on the market! Poppy22
  • Score: 2

10:28am Sun 23 Feb 14

Frogham Ferret says...

Loveyourcity wrote:
I can understand cutting Libraries as we only need the odd one or two. Most people have access to the internet or the money to buy a book. I am only speaking for myself here as I haven't been in a Library for 20 odd years.

Surely if we had more centralised libraries with a bigger collection of services rather than several scattered everywhere it's a good thing.

Students use the Uni Library, pensioners have a bus pass, unemployed get free travel if it's deemed job seeking etc.

I'm in no way saying I am correct, but just my views, so feel free to correct me.
Our Library is the only one accessible to us, as there is no public transport to other parts of Hampshire from here, only to Dorset or Wiltshire and we can't use those libraries!
[quote][p][bold]Loveyourcity[/bold] wrote: I can understand cutting Libraries as we only need the odd one or two. Most people have access to the internet or the money to buy a book. I am only speaking for myself here as I haven't been in a Library for 20 odd years. Surely if we had more centralised libraries with a bigger collection of services rather than several scattered everywhere it's a good thing. Students use the Uni Library, pensioners have a bus pass, unemployed get free travel if it's deemed job seeking etc. I'm in no way saying I am correct, but just my views, so feel free to correct me.[/p][/quote]Our Library is the only one accessible to us, as there is no public transport to other parts of Hampshire from here, only to Dorset or Wiltshire and we can't use those libraries! Frogham Ferret
  • Score: 1

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