D-Day over plan to eliminate £6m black hole in Portsmouth City Council’s budget

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, mayor and mayoress Cllr Geoff  and Tina Fazackarley, with other councillors at the topping out Picture: Malcolm Wells (171120-8909)

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DECISIONS over how to eliminate a £6m overspend in Portsmouth City Council’s budget are due to be made today.

The authority’s Tory cabinet faces the task of reining in spiralling costs in the adult social care and children and education services.

Issues include a rise in the number of vulnerable children who need looking after, a rise in the number of people needing care at home and rising costs looking after people with mental health issues.

Some children’s centres could also face closure to drive down costs.

Councillors will confirm their savings plan at a meeting from 1pm today at Portsmouth Guildhall.

At the same time, members will go over plans to save a separate £11m from next year’s budget before they are discussed and voted on by the full council on Tuesday.