Northamptonshire County Council announces £128m cuts plan

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Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans to slash its budget by £128m over next five years.

But the Conservative-controlled council has pledged an extra £12m for its children's services - previously criticised as inadequate by Ofsted.

Earlier this year the council announced up to 300 job cuts in a bid to meet a £33.6m budget shortfall in 2013-14.

The council said it was not looking at large scale redundancies in 2014-15.

The authority hopes to save about £12m of the £35m of savings in 2014-15 through reorganising its health services.

'Health and wellbeing'

There could also be a cutbacks on any duplication of services by the council and NHS.

It also hopes to save £8.5m by reviewing council contracts.

The county hopes to save £2.75m by cutting the adult social care budget and reorganising the service to provide more personal care plans.

The highways budget is to be cut by £700,000 by outsourcing more services with a further £500,000 saved through the sale of surplus assets.

The plans to save £128m over the next five years come on top of savings of £177m made since 2011.

Leader of the council Jim Harker said they now had a "new Council Plan outlining a new set of priorities for Northamptonshire".

But opposition Liberal Democrat group leader Brendan Glynane said: "I am very concerned about the cuts to adult social services.

I think the (ruling Conservative group's) talk of 'redesigning social services' would make George Orwell proud.

"It's premature to cut that amount of money and it raises lots of questions about how the savings are going to work."

At the same time Northampton Borough Council has announced £3.4m in cuts.

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