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News - 31 October 2011

Southampton City Council: Budget to protect Jobs and services.

Despite the severity of economic circumstances felt by councils across the country, in its initial draft budget for 2012/13 the Southampton City Council has attempted to safeguard as many vital services and jobs as possible.

Council Tax will be frozen and all libraries, Sure Start Centres, and leisure centres in Southampton will be kept. Weekly bin collections will be protected in the city, the budget to fix the city’s roads will be maintained, funding for buses will be protected, and the Council Tax discount for OAPs will be kept.

However, the council needs to find savings to meet a funding shortfall of £15.2million in 2012/13.

The council proposes to find £9.1million of the required savings by working better (savings which would not impact services). The rest of the savings will be found through service reductions, an increase in council income and reviewing the current council redundancy package in consultation with trade unions.

Councillor Royston Smith Leader of the Council, said:

 “We have worked tirelessly to come up with a budget that protects as many of the services that our residents rely on as possible. We are talking about libraries, Sure Start centres, weekly bin collections and leisure centres. We are keeping all of them, while many other councils are losing these vital services.

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