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Wiltshire Council's four-year plan includes £122m of cuts

Wiltshire Council
Wiltshire Council has cut £100m in the past three years

A four-year business plan which projects budget cuts of £122m has been discussed by Wiltshire Council.

Savings will be made by measures including reducing staff costs and making services more efficient, said the Conservative-run authority.

The details are included in the Draft Business Plan which has been reviewed by the council's cabinet.

Leading opposition group the Liberal Democrats said the document lacked detail on how the money would be saved.

Recommended staff reduction costs will amount to £8m in the first year, then £5m, £4m and £8m in the subsequent years.

'Remove waste'

A council spokesperson said: "We will need to continue to remove waste and unnecessary bureaucracy to provide the services that our residents want and need."

Last week, the authority accepted 220 staff applications for voluntary redundancy as part of plans to cut 400 posts from the workforce.

Currently, more than 5,000 staff work for the council.

The authority has cut £100m in the past three years at the same time as funding from central government dropped by 28%.

A final draft of the plan will now be prepared for discussion and approval by the full council on 3 September.

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