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Council prepares to consult on plans to make £6 million-worth of savings

PUBLISHED: 16:25 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 04 October 2016

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The proposals will be discussed at a cabinet meeting next week

Four proposals are to be discussed in a bid to save £6 million at Bexley Council’s cabinet meeting next week.

Prevention and pathways through adult social care, transitions from children’s to adult social care, provision of temporary housing accommodation and charging policy are expected to be put to a public consultation.

The news follows work undertaken over the summer to examine how a range of services could be delivered more effectively and at a reduced cost to local taxpayers.

The council has also realigned its investment strategy to focus on economic growth and schools, along with other social and transport infrastructure.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “While it’s essential that we balance our budget and manage our money well, it is just as important that we use our resources to make the most difference to the lives of local people.

“We have to manage without government grant from 2020, so we need to put in place the building blocks to make sure we can be self-sufficient.

“Economic growth will be key to this agenda and I am committed to making sure that we get the right kind of economic growth and focus on making Bexley a place where people can live a good life, not just now, but in the years ahead.”

The budget proposals also include an efficiency plan, which is a condition of the borough’s new four-year funding agreement with the government.

The cabinet meeting is set to take place on Tuesday, October 11. Details of all the business cases are available on the council’s website.

Councillor O’Neill added: “The plans we are putting forward focus on how we can deliver the best value for money for our residents. The business cases we are presenting do this - delivering better results for local people and saving £6 million.”

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