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    Shoong wrote:
    kezzalove wrote:
    Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year .
    Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
    Vote Labour then & watch it triple.
    Vote labour ok doesnt matter who u vote for they all get u one way or another sitting their having there posh meals and getting paid for sitting on their butts doing nothing but living the high life why we all do the hard work."
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Hampshire County Council freezes council tax and makes £45m of cuts

Hampshire County Council freezes council tax and makes £45m of cuts

Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council

First published in New Forest Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the third year running today when ruling Tories on Hampshire County Council vote through cuts totalling £45m.

About 30 anti-cut campaigners and union members demonstrated outside the Winchester council chamber before Conservative councillors rubber-stamped the budget.

Unions and opposition councillors have called for the authority to spend some of its £213m reserves to save jobs and front-line services.

Almost every service will be cut apart from child protection and a further 230 jobs lost.

However the council has added £3m to the budget to help the vulnerable including, £900,000 for speech and language therapy for children with disabilities, £500,000 for a council apprenticeship scheme for children leaving care, £300,000 for an apprenticeship scheme for college leavers with learning disabilities and £300,000 to help troubled families turn their lives around.

In addition, £1m has been ringfenced to help disabled adults hardest hit by increases in social care charges because they need two home carers, for example to lift them out of a wheelchair into a bed.

The council's share of the council tax bill will be frozen at £1,037 for an average Band D property.

Setting out the £688m budget for 2012-13, council leader Ken Thornber said: “We have protected the young, the vulnerable and the elderly and we have maintained services that are among the best in the country.”

The council is faced with a shortfall in government funding of £77m between 2011-15.

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