Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council reveals £92m budget shortfall

Warwickshire County Council has revealed it is facing cuts of £92m over the next four years.

The local authority said it was due to a drop in government grants, inflation and an aging population.

It has already cut 1,800 jobs as part of £70m savings over the last three years.

Izzy Seccombe, leader of the Conservative-led authority, said it was not clear how the latest savings targets would be met.

She said a review would consider every aspect of the council and there would be "consequences which will require careful management".

'No easy options'

An increase in birth rates and the number of vulnerable people in the county has also contributed to rising costs in recent years, the leader said.

In an address to the council, Ms Seccombe said the organisation was already "lean" and there were no longer any "easy options" to find savings.

"It is also evident that top slicing is not sustainable and we need to invest more in areas of high priority and make tough choices on our low priorities whilst fulfilling our statutory duties," she said.

Ms Seccombe added that the authority would have to "consider what we can afford to let go".

The Department for Communities and Local Government said necessary funding cuts were being shared by all local authorities.

Warwickshire County Council said it would be consulting local people ahead of its formal budget statement in February.

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