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District council cuts in Gloucestershire

Stroud District Council offices
The local authority is based at Ebley Mill in Stroud

Stroud District Council has made the final decisions on its budget for the next year.

At a full council meeting on Thursday 10 February a number of proposals were agreed by the authority to meet the 28% cut in their Government grant.

The council has identified £2.7m of budget and efficiency savings over the next four years (£1.9m in the next two years) through efficiency improvements and savings.

Here is a selection of cuts agreed:

  • 45 jobs or 10% of the workforce could go over the next four years which will save around £232,900
  • A £86,500 reduction in the council money for regeneration projects
  • £28,500 will be saved from changes to the gardening assistance scheme (this provides help for older / disabled people in the district who are unable to maintain their own gardens)
  • The handing over of Nailsworth Recreation Centre and Wotton-under-Edge pool to local town councils will save £42,100
  • The Council will aim to generate more money from Dursley swimming pool which they hope will bring in an extra £40,000
  • Less money to voluntary groups
  • The closure overnight of a multi storey car park in Stroud

Other things agreed as part of the budget:

  • Sharing of services and resources with other public bodies
  • A reduction in neighbourhood wardens from ten to eight
  • One off investment of £10,000 in community transport
  • £200,000 put aside for green technology investment
  • £11,000 saving by closing a cash desk and replacing it with an electronic pay kiosk

Council leader Frances Roden said: "We certainly have some serious challenges ahead of us but we are intent on doing what we can to minimise the impact of any spending reductions on our residents.

"A focus on innovative, long-term thinking and efficiency will hold us in good stead for the years ahead."

For more detail please visit the Stroud District Council website.

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