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Government funding cuts

Published Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Wellingborough Council has reacted angrily to the news that government funding to the authority will be cut by £1.4million next year.

Councillor Paul Bell, deputy leader of the council, said: "This is an extremely harsh settlement. We have already had to save around £2.5million and this news means that we face the exceptionally difficult task of finding another £1.4million. We will need to look very closely at what services we provide and how we provide them and we need to do this urgently over the next few days. The government's announcement has come very late and we have to meet a deadline of 5 January for our resources committee to consider our draft budget.

"There is no doubt that we will have to deliver services in a different way, that some services will have to be withdrawn, and people will lose their jobs."

 The council's senior management team are looking at potential solutions, but no decisions have yet been made about how the extra money can be saved.