Cash flow will remain strained at Hampshire County Council

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THERE will be no let up in the drive to reduce public spending, council leaders warned.

The cabinet of Hampshire County Council met to thrash out finances for the Winchester-based authority, which oversees highways, schools and social services across Havant, Gosport, Fareham and East Hampshire.

The meeting heard that the authority is halfway to meeting its target of £102m of savings by spring of next year. This will mean more than £230m has been saved since 2008.

However, further reductions in government grant support are expected for the next decade and the council is looking at further ways to save cash, including a more integrated health service across Hampshire.

Leader Roy Perry said: ‘We know from the Bank of England and the chancellor these cuts and economic pressures will continue to be with us for the foreseeable future. Our toughest test is the challenge of being able to afford to provide the best quality services to those who need them most.’