Council to make £9.7million cuts in next budget
NORTH Somerset Council is set to make £9.7 million of cuts from its next budget and raise council tax by 1.5 per cent.
The decision will add about £17 to the current £1,150.87 bill for council services paid by Band D taxpayers.
But residents have been warned that further cuts will have to be made over the next four years – and could lead to the loss of services.
Councillors are due to meet on February 19 to approve the budget for 2013/14 of £158.427 million. The authority's executive met yesterday to recommend the budget.
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The authority received a reduced government settlement of £73 million this year, as well as seeing a number of other separate grants reduced or withdrawn altogether.
The biggest cuts are £3 million in the adult social services and housing budget and £2.3 million from the children and young people's budget.
A further £2 million of savings have been made in the corporate services budget and £1.5 million cut from the authority's development and environment budget.
The rise in council tax will bring in an extra £1.2 million, while £1.1million of funding will come from reserves.
School bus fares for children living out of the area will go up and care services could be reviewed to cut the cost of providing them.
Further cuts of £49.8 million are expected over the next four years, starting with £15.9 million next year.
Council executive member Tony Lake said: "It is getting harder and harder to provide services each year.
"It will eventually get to the stage where we simply won't be able to do all the things we can now."