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Council budget slash threat

PUBLISHED: 12:23 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

A LEAKED document on future council funding has revealed plans for up to £30 million in budget cuts. Social care would be one of the heaviest casualties according to the confidential document by the council s chief executive Mary Ney. The report, leaked

A LEAKED document on future council funding has revealed plans for up to £30 million in budget cuts.

Social care would be one of the heaviest casualties according to the confidential document by the council's chief executive Mary Ney.

The report, leaked to Greenwich.co.uk, identifies 19 areas of potential savings including restricting access to some services, voluntary sector commissioning cuts and scope for sharing social care services with other partners.

To boost the savings target to £30 million from a minimum of £26.8 million between 2011 and 2015, funding for the local Metropolitan Police violent and organised crime unit could be hit. Other projects such as Cleansweep, a street cleaning project and Waste Management could also be targeted.

There is to be review on charging that could see higher parking fees and hiked costs for leaseholders.

The document's minutes say: "Current best estimates are that a four year freeze to council budgets would require a reduction in revenue budgets of £26.8 million over the four year period of the next administration.

"In addition the council will face continued pressures on its expenditure, in particular in relation to social care costs.Whilst every effort should be made to deliver these spending reductions through efficiencies, the scale of the task may mean that more difficult choices will be needed in relation to continuation of services."

It says cost cutting work streams will be looked at over the coming months, reporting to members as work is progressed.


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