Leicestershire County Council agrees £48 million of cuts over next four years
Leicestershire County Council has approved around £48 million worth of cuts over the next four years in a bid to plug a huge gap in funds.
Councillors voted 32 against 14 to pass the budget, which will be in place from April, at a meeting this afternoon.
The council says it needs to save a total of £79 million in the next four years, and at today's meeting senior Conservative members admitted they needed to think more about where the remaining savings of £30 million would come from.
Some of the agreed savings come from cutting £2.5 million from the children and young people's department, and £3 million from senior management and administrstion costs.
Byron Rhodes, the council’s deputy leader and resources spokesman, said: “It is a tough time for many Leicestershire residents and that’s why we’re including a Council Tax freeze for the third year running.
“This means that the average council taxpayer in Leicestershire would have saved more than £250 over three years, compared to an inflation increase.”