County Council's cabinet considers £11m new cuts and savings

Lancashire County Council's cabinet  will consider an £11m package of wide-ranging cuts and economies when it meets next week.

Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 7:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 7:20 pm
County Coun Geoff Driver

Savings proposed range from cutting property maintenance, to ending grants to voluntary and community organisations and raising fees for NoW travel card holders.

A shake-up of some services is planned, while a proposal to dry out non recyclable waste to cut landfill costs will create 13 new full time equivalent jobs and could save more than £1m.

The council says its financial position is “extremely challenging” with a forecasted funding gap of nearly £49m in 2018/19 rising to £144m in 2021/22.

Proposed economies include removing:

• £2.25m from the property repairs and maintenance budget

• £1.25 m from the Children and Family Wellbeing Services, including some job cuts and changes

• Stopping part funding 17 PCSO (Police and Community support officers) posts to save £265,000.

It is predicted eight PCSO posts could go.

• Cutting £1.026m from the budget for learning, disability and autism residential reviews.

•Saving £1.190m by reviewing Special Guardianship Order policies, cutting some payments to guardians

• Ending £.673m of Central Gateway Fund grants to the voluntary and community faith sector,

• Reducing £450,000 services to looked after children.

• Cutting £300,000 from the Youth Offfending Team spending

•Cutting nearly £400,000m from community transport services reducing Dial-a-Ride services and renegotiating the the Community Transport Consortium contract.

•Increasing charges for elderly and disabled NoW card holders (concessionary travel) Anyone with a Now card travelling by bus before 9.30am will see fares doubled from 50p to £1.00. This will save £87,000

• Cut £280,000 from library book and e and audio book funding.

Council leader Coun Geoff Driver said: “In common with every council in the country we are having to make difficult decisions about how we use our resources while ensuring the books are balanced. “