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Bexley downbeat about George Osborne’s council spending cuts

PUBLISHED: 10:34 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:34 28 June 2013

Bexley Council leader Cllr Teresa O'Neill

Bexley Council leader Cllr Teresa O'Neill

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Cuts to Bexley Council’s funding from central government are in the pipeline following Chancellor George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review announced on Wednesday.

The local government and communities department will receive a 10 per cent cut in resource funding for the 2015/16 financial year and council leader Teresa O’Neill admits this will have implications for the way services are delivered and who receives them.

She said: “This latest announcement - on top of previous reductions - presents another challenge to the council.

“We know we need to contribute to the government’s deficit reduction programme, but a further significant fall in the amount of funding we receive will place real pressure on us.

“We will look at the details of the Chancellor’s announcement and set out our plans for balancing the 2014/15 budget and for the three years beyond that in the autumn.”

The cut in funding will equate to £7million and the council said they will also have to meet the growing cost of caring for the elderly and vulnerable children along with the cost of inflation.

Bexley were more positive about the £3billion joint commissioning plan between the NHS and councils for social care.

What do you think of the spending review and how it will affect Bexley? Contact the news room on 0208 477 3858, email robin.cottle@archant.co.uk or tweet @BexleyTimes.

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