Northampton

£126m of savings go before Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council
Image caption Northamptonshire County Council is not proposing any large-scale job losses, but some posts will go in the archives department

A savings package worth £126m over the next five years has been put forward by Northamptonshire County Council.

The council has also announced plans to increase its part of the council tax by 1.99%, just below inflation.

The authority is not proposing any large-scale job losses, but some posts will go, for example in the archives and heritage department which aims to save £75,000 through staff reductions.

The full meeting of the council is due to set the £428m budget on 20 February.

'Services review'

A report to the council says it aims to cut £97.5m through efficiency savings between now and 2018-19.

It proposes £18m of savings in adult social care in 2014-15 with savings made through increased charges for support and greater contributions from people seeking help.

The council is also proposing savings of £513,000 are in children's, families and education (excluding schools) services.

Part of the savings will be achieved by withdrawing a £50,000 subsidy from the newly created Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts company - which provides music education services.

Between now and 2018-19 the council hopes to save £12m from its chief executive services by a strategic review of services.

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

Last year Conservative-controlled council announced up to 300 job cuts in a bid to meet a £33.6m budget shortfall in 2013-14.

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