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Bexley council to make £30 million of cuts

PUBLISHED: 09:54 07 October 2010

Teresa O'Neill

Teresa O'Neill

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More than £30 million in council cuts will be rolled out across the borough over the next three years.

Bosses at Bexley council are bracing themselves for Chancellor George Osborne’s October Spending Review on October 20, when they are expecting to hear that the government grant, which currently amounts for £6.40 of every £10 spent by the council, will shrink by a quarter.

On Monday council leader Teresa O’Neill announced that the Conservative-run authority will have to reduce its spending by at least £30 million over the next three years.

She said: “Voters have elected us to manage the council, to provide quality services and keep their council tax increases low.

“The reduction in public spending presents us with a challenge, but it’s not so different from that facing families across the country.

“Like many of our residents, the fact that we are going to have much less money coming in means that we have to reconsider all our spending. It’s something we’ve known was coming and we’ve already made a start. We’ve reduced our costs and identified significant savings during the current year. We’ve also made good progress in developing new and better ways of working and more efficient ways of doing business.”

She assured residents that they will be consulted on the plans from mid-November before councillors make the final decision next February. The leader added: “We have a good track record over recent years of providing good services while delivering low council tax increases. We are in discussions with voluntary organisations, schools and other partners to see how we can work together to reduce the impact of the reductions.

“Our priority is to protect – and where we can – improve 
the services that residents value most and to be fair in the way we do things.”

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