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Two learning centres and a sheltered workplace for people with physical or learning difficulties that were facing closure to save money have been spared.

Northants County Council has dropped plans to close Wellingborough's Grendon Hall and Knuston Hall in Kettering and Duston-based Nordis Industries.

Proposals to close three rural libraries have also been dropped.

Two care homes, Nicholls House in Northampton and Manor House, Thrapston, will close in budget proposals.

Managers at Grendon and Knuston Halls have been told they must put in place business plans to secure their future.

Councillors say the two centres, primarily used for adult learning, must become "less of a strain on the public purse".

Cuts to youth services

A new business plan is being drawn up for the Nordis sign-making factory, where up to 11 people were facing redundancy, to ensure the enterprise breaks even in the next financial year.

Though the learning centres and the factory have been reprieved, the future of youth services in Northamptonshire is still undecided.

There are proposals to make cuts and contract out all youth service provision to make savings of 1.1m.

In its final set of budget proposals the council proposed an increase of 3% in council tax.

Cabinet member for strategic and support services Brian Binley said the final settlement from government was even more disappointing than expected.

"This real terms cut in funding has meant we have had to take some very difficult decisions to ensure we do all we can to protect the tax payers of this county from an unwarranted and in many cases unaffordable rise in the tax rate," he said.




SEE ALSO:
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