Sunday, 17 December 2017

Council must cut £50m from budget

THE leader of Oxfordshire County Council has defended budget cuts of up to £50 million.

THE leader of Oxfordshire County Council has defended budget cuts of up to £50 million.

Services including recycling plants and children’s centres are under threat as the council has to make the extra savings on top of the £290 million it already has to save from 2010 to 2018.

But Ian Hudspeth says the council has to prioritise “vital" services such as adult social care and children’s services.

Cllr Hudspeth said: “We are now entering a phase of having to make the toughest decisions yet. They will be difficult for Oxfordshire residents, our staff and councillors alike.



“That is not to say that services such as children’s centres or subsidised bus services are not valued or wouldn’t be missed. I know how much some people depend on them. But with less money our priority must be to protect services for those who need them most.

“People are bound to have long debates about whether austerity is correct or not. Our response to that is that our focus increasingly needs to be on vital services for the most vulnerable — children at risk of abuse and adults who cannot look after themselves.”

Cllr Hudspeth invited the public to share their views on ways of saving money but warned there is “no alternative” to cuts.



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