Northampton

Government settlement reveals £20m more needs cutting

Northamptonshire council is being asked to cut an extra £20m from its budget on top of £53m cuts already announced.

When the county council set out its plans for cuts spread out over the next four years it had not received notice of its government settlement.

When this figure arrived it revealed a shortfall in budgets of £20m next year.

Bill Parker, county council cabinet member for finance, said the council would be restructured and more street lights turned off.

He said: "Finding a further £20m savings for the next financial year has been immensely hard.

"Proposals include a new structure for the council which will save £2.6m.

"A separate review of all support services not already included in the shared services with Cambridgeshire would save a further £0.5m.

"Further savings have been proposed by turning off more street lights in the county than was initially planned, which would bring an additional saving of £1m."

Other cuts were under consideration by the Conservative-controlled council.

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