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Cotswold District Council needs to save 1.4m in the next year

Plans to cut public spending in the Cotswolds by £1.4m in the next year have been agreed at a full council meeting.

On Tuesday, 22 February, Cotswold District Council voted through its proposals which will save £3.6m over the next five years.

Savings include:

  • Efficiency savings and review of departmental budgets (i.e. reducing advertising, seminars and training) should amount to £600,000 over the coming year.
  • Greater joined up working with West Oxfordshire Council where the two council's already share a chief executive
  • Also the two councils hope to increase the sharing of staff roles with an estimated saving of £320,000
  • Up to 40 positions (14% of the workforce) could go over five years through efficiency savings and joined-up working
  • It is hoped a more joined up waste service with other local councils will save the Cotswold DC around £700,000
  • A review will look into the way leisure and cultural services in the district are provided
  • Grants to groups are being reviewed and full details outlined next month. It is hoped this will save £45,000
  • Around £120,000 to be saved from planning fees
  • The council thinks it will get £200,000 from the Government for building new homes

For more detail, please visit the Cotswold District Council website.

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