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Council Prioritising Front Line Services as 13% funding cut announced

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has pledged to fight to protect frontline services for local residents following this week’s announcement on Government funding.

 

On Monday 13th December, the Government announced the Local Government Finance Settlement for local authorities across the country. This is a two-year settlement for 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.

 

The Council is continuing to analyse the figures in detail, however they do represent a 13% reduction in funding for 2011/12 compared to this financial year and a further significant reduction for 2012/13.

 

Bedford Borough Council has already made £2.5million of savings as a result of in year cuts in funding from the Government. In addition, the Council Executive last week agreed proposals to save a further £11million, following an open consultation with local residents.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “As expected, the Council’s funding allocation from Government has been cut significantly, putting further pressure on resources. However, we are in a better position than many other local authorities, having started a full and open consultation on proposals to achieve major savings back in September. As a result, we have worked with local residents and service users and been able to identify £11million of savings while protecting frontline services.

 

“However, there is no doubt this settlement means we will have to find even greater efficiencies for next year and the year after. I want local residents to know that I will continue to be ruthless in cutting out waste and fighting to protect frontline services as we work towards a council tax freeze in 2011.

 

“My priorities are to cut costs within the council infrastructure, squeeze out greater efficiency, and deliver services in new ways that will make the money go further.”

 

Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance, added: “Local authorities across the country are facing tough decisions to provide a balanced budget and we are no different. However, we have taken action already this year to try and minimise the effect on frontline services and work towards a council tax freeze for local residents. This work will continue and residents can be assured we are working hard to protect their services.”

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