Brighton and Hove council sets out £12m saving plan

A local authority has set out plans to make £12m of savings during the next financial year.

Brighton and Hove City Council said it had frozen staff recruitment following cuts announced in the government's Spending Review.

The council said it had already saved £5.8m through efficiency savings and £1.6m through commissioning changes.

It said it was in negotiation with trade unions to discuss the implications for people's jobs.

Jan Young, the cabinet member for finance at the Conservative-controlled council, said: "These are difficult financial times for everyone so we have committed to freezing council tax for residents."

In October, the council said it was planning to make savings by overhauling its senior management structure and commissioning process.

It said under its new "intelligent commissioning" structure, the voluntary sector, social enterprises and companies would have a greater role.

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