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News - 21 January 2014

Hampshire Council 12% budget cut

Hampshire County Council is trying to save millions of pounds after the Government reduced its council grant by 40 per cent over three years.

This could well mean the loss hundreds of jobs, library services and community grants could also be reduced.

County councilors on a committee will examine part of the budget plans which involves reducing local authority spending on culture, communities and countryside while axing 89 full-time posts.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“Mobile library vehicles could be reduced from five to three and the number of stops from 350 to 250. A report also states that outdoor centres will face “back office staffing reduction” as part of a bid to save up to £50,000.”

Another major proposal is to make Hampshire’s country parks financially self sufficient.  The five-year programme would see initial investment to provide a greater range of all year round facilities and activities to attract more people to the parks for more of the year and encourage return visits.  It is hoped this would lever further funding from public and private sector partners, alongside bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to total more than £13m.

Councilor Keith Chapman, executive member for culture and recreation, said:
“Over the past three years, Government grants to the council have been cut by over 40 per cent, and we are looking at further reductions beyond this year.

The budget will be agreed at a meeting of the full council on February 20.

If you need any help and advice for your business on the implications of central and local Government Funding initiatives and the construction industry, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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