Gloucestershire

Forest of Dean District Council approves £2.3m savings

Forest of Dean District Council offices
Image caption The council will save £80,000 by having shorter opening hours

Forest of Dean District Council has approved plans to save £2.3m over the next four years.

The plans were voted through with one change - to continue funding CCTV for another year at a cost of £20,000.

Councillor Brian Robinson, cabinet member for finance, said the public had told them they wanted CCTV protected from the cuts.

Savings will be made through reducing members' costs and civic expenditure and by sharing services.

The approved budget, by the Conservative-led council, included a freeze on council tax.

No refreshments

The first £900,000 of savings will be made from the next financial year's £11m budget.

The total savings are based on no increase in councillors' allowances over the next four years and all staff earning £21,000 or over having their pay frozen until 2013.

There will be shorter opening hours, saving £80,000, and no refreshments at meetings.

Councillor Robinson said: "In this budget we have strived to protect the services which were most valued by the public during our recent consultation."

He said: "Through the consultation, local people said they wanted management and corporate running costs at the council reduced.

"This budget includes a reduction in management and restructures to improve the way we work for our community while maintaining services."

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