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Bexley cabinet to discuss financial pressures

PUBLISHED: 14:53 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:53 08 October 2013

Teresa O'Neill

Teresa O'Neill

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Bexley Council’s cabinet will meet next Tuesday to discuss the financial challenges facing the borough.

The council says increasing demand for important services, rising costs and a significant fall in the grant Bexley receives from the government will mean cuts have to be made - and members of the cabinet will be asked to approve a public consultation on a number of options that will save money in future years, as well as saving the £10million needed to balance the council’s budget for 2014/15.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “Although the economic recovery is underway, the government’s drive to tackle the public spending deficit continues to have an effect on all local councils.

“We will need to make choices about the future of services, to make sure that local people have the services they need at a price they can afford, but there are things we can do to protect us from demographic changes.

“We made a commitment to seek the views of local residents on our proposals and that is what we are planning to do through the autumn.”

If approved by the cabinet, the consultation will start later this month.

The council has seen its grant from the government fall by one third since 2010 and says Bexley is set to achieve its target of £35million of savings over the three years up to March 2014.


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