Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Cuts to services in Hampshire

Back in July we reported that Hampshire County Council was running a public consultation on reducing its budget.

Now, a report seen by this blog, says that the county are aiming for savings of £140 million during the 2019/2020 financial year. As the report says "There are some significant proposals to reduce spending and provision, transform services and in some cases to increase charges and generate income." The County Council is meeting on the 2nd November to consider this.

There are over 20 'key proposals' listed and these include the following:
- Reduction in salting roads in winter months
- Withdrawal of school crossing patrols
- Withdrawal of all Bus Subsidies
- Stopping the Community Transport Service
- Closure of Household Waste Recycling Centres
- Reducing Home to School Transport to the statutory minimum
- Reduced library services
- Reduced funding for the Basingstoke Canal.
- Over £50 million reduction in Adult Social Care and Health

The report that we saw is a high level one and the detail of what is being cut is not yet clear. However it is clear from the amounts involved that the impact of these cuts will be significant. Unfortunately this is a result of political developments; the Conservative party, at the local level, is now intent on implementing whatever policy they are directed to by the centre rather than fighting for local people and services. The results are not pretty.

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