17:56 Friday 11 January 2013

Council drops £79m savings bombshell

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

MORE than 1,000 jobs are to be axed at Leicestershire County Council following the announcement that it needs to save £79 million over the next four years.

The council has put together a plan of action to address the crisis, which will see council tax surge and staff redundancies.

Council chiefs put the need for savings down to ‘reductions in Government grants’ and a ‘loss of funding to academies’.

The council confirmed 1,100 full-time equivalent council posts would go over the next four years, with council tax to rise by 1.5 per cent each year from 2014.

Barry Rhodes, deputy leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “We face a very challenging situation of reduced grants, increased demand for services and lots of uncertainties.

“In the next couple of years, we will have to look at making radical changes to the shape of the council - the scale of the savings required means we can no longer find most of them from doing the same things more efficiently.”

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