cuts youth services, jobs and sheltered housing to save £18m
to youth services and sheltered housing provision have been proposed
as Somerset County Council plans a fifth successive year with
no rise in its council tax precept.
proposals also include the loss of up to 100 jobs, recycling centre
closures and a £40,000 cut in the cost of managing Areas
of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
savings of more than £18million were unveiled by Somerset
County Council this week as the Conservative-led authority also
confirmed it will continue to spend more than £300million
on council services across the county.
and community services will be reduced by £936,000 and sheltered
housing provision will be reduced by £500,000 over two years.
council's budget, which will be decided on 19th February, proposes
more than £160million will be spent looking after vulnerable
adults - the biggest area of council spending.
of £40million is identified for spending on social services
for children including adoption and fostering services and protecting
children from abuse.
to roads and street lighting was confirmed with a proposal for
continuing investment of £30million per year.
leader John Osman said: "We have to make tough choices, but
we are the same as any careful household. We have a reduced income,
increased bills, something has to give."
member David Huxtable added: "It is not something we want
to do, but it is something we have to do - just as every council
in the country is now doing."
are taking people's views into account where we can - that's why
our council tax is frozen, but these are tough financial times."
understand that people want their services to remain the same,
but we face such financial challenges that we have to reduce or
even stop some of what we do. I do want to stress that while we
have made savings to balance our budget, we are still spending
more than £300m on the important frontline services that
our residents need."
this week, we reported here
how the council had decided not to raise its council tax rates
across the area.