William Eichler 02 December 2016

Brighton announces cuts to save £24m

Brighton and Hove has revealed plans to cut 140 jobs and raise council tax by nearly 4% in an attempt to save £24m.

The council leader Warren Morgan described the budget plans for the 2017/18 period as an attempt to tackle the ‘crisis’ in how services are paid for.

The plans include saving £750,000 by shutting down the non-statutory youth service and a £1.4m cut to sensory support for disabled adults.

The council also plans to outsource its supported accommodation service for adults with learning disabilities, which will save a projected £223,000, and it hopes to save £700,000 by cutting the temporary accommodation budget.

The proposed council tax rise of 3.99%—which includes the 2% adult social care precept - will mean band D tax payers will pay an estimated £55 a year.

Cllr Morgan explained the cuts were the result of the Government’s austerity measures and the ‘rapid increase’ in the cost of looking after people.

‘Right now, like councils all around the country, we are facing a crisis in how we pay for the services we provide to you every day,’ he said.

‘There are now no easy cuts or simple solutions.’

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