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Council to make more cuts
7:30am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
FRESH cuts of at least £25 million are on the way at Worcestershire County Council over the next four years, it has emerged.
Next year’s savings target alone has surged 50 per cent to a whopping £30 million to balance the books.
And in the following three financial years after 2014/15, old savings targets of about £20 million a year are being torn up and replaced by new requirements of about £25 million.
The new crisis is because of major demographic pressures, including more elderly and vulnerable people, and the ongoing public sector spending squeeze.
The fresh cuts have been described as “shocking” by some community leaders, who have insisted every effort should be made to lobby the Government for more cash.
It follows Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments that the age of austerity could last to 2020.
All services are under review to look at the possibility to hand them to outside providers, known as commissioning.
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