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Council releases savings proposals

Hounslow Council has announced details of the next batch of proposed savings in its budget as it strives to reduce its budget by £45.8 million over the next two years.

 

Proposals with a total value of £7.2 million will be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 6 October. These include cutting council funding for school crossing patrols and reductions in funding for local voluntary sector organisations.

 

Other savings are identified to come from initiatives including staffing restructures in council services, encouraging more use of online council services, and reducing contract and insurance costs.

 

Following discussion at Overview and Scrutiny Committee, proposals will go forward for the approval of Cabinet and Borough Council on 11 and 18 October respectively.

 

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, said: “No decisions have yet been taken. If and when they are, they will be discussed with key stakeholders and our staff.

 

“The Council’s ability to provide excellent local services is under more pressure than ever. Money received from central Government has fallen by £22.8 million in the last two years. At the same time, increases in the number of people in the borough, and especially of children and old people, has increased the demand for council services.

 

“We face some hard decisions as the Council must reduce its spending by £45.8m over the next two years. £23.6 million of savings have already been agreed and the latest proposals will save a further £7.2 million. It is quite right that we have begun to consider a range of different options, no matter how difficult and challenging, on how we manage budget reductions.

 

“It is prudent and provides the opportunity for careful consideration and development of proposals to lessen, as far as is practicable, the impact on our local services and our local residents. However, services for local people have already been affected, and more changes will be necessary.”

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