Councils to see a shortfall of thousands of pounds in next year’s budget

Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward has said budget cuts have led to 'some difficult decisions about funding'
Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward has said budget cuts have led to 'some difficult decisions about funding'
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CASH-strapped councils are set to face further budget cuts, according to figures released today.

In the past six years figures show local councils have seen a cut of almost 50 per cent in the amount of funding it gets from central government.

This year the Department for Communities and Local Government has revealed how much money each council will get from central government, council tax and business rates.

This year Portsmouth City Council received £185.3m from this combined revenue, but next year faces a shortfall of £6.1m, as it will get £179.2m.

And the story is the same for surrounding borough councils.

Fareham will see a drop of £400,000 from £11.4m this year to £11m next year; Gosport a fall of £700,000, from £11.2m to £10.5m, and Havant a cut of £700,000, from, £15.4m to 14.7m.

The department did not give a break down of how much of the money the councils are set to recieve from central government.

In 2009/10, Fareham Borough Council got £6.2m from central government, however this year it got almost a half – £3.7m.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘In the life of this current parliament the budget will have reduced by 50 per cent.

‘It’s because of this that we have had to make some difficult decisions about funding.

‘We are continuing to make savings, and have been making savings for some time in order to preserve services.

‘But we have effectively seen our annual salary halved.’