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Bexley Council hit by government funding cuts

PUBLISHED: 15:34 21 December 2012

Teresa O'Neill

Teresa O'Neill

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Bexley Council has admitted it is unsure if it will be able to protect frontline service as the government announced it would be subject to a cut of £2.8 million

It amounts to three per cent if council tax is excluded from the council’s overall budget of £180 million.

Mike Ellsmore, director of finance, said: “We want to protect frontline services but nothing is guaranteed.

“It is a very challenging outlook.”

Frontline services includes the provision of education and care.

The government grants money to individual councils each year and the announcement, made on Wednesday, is a blow to the council as it says it has to meet the needs of an expanding population.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “The latest reduction will have a significant impact on our spending.

“We need to recognise that councils are getting smaller. We will need to give priority to services that keep people safe, that improve the borough’s infrastructure or help our residents prosper in challenging times.”

She claimed that Bexley is still on course to achieve its aim of cutting £35m from the budget over the three years up to 2014.

The budget for the next financial year will be finalised in March.

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