How Hampshire County Council’s axe will fall

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CUTS are to be made across the board at Hampshire County Council from April.

The council will save £12.4m by laying off 25 per cent of its management staff and bringing in a moratorium on recruitment, affecting 268 jobs.

It will stop payments to Hampshire Action Teams, saving £1.2m, and will cut councillors’ allowances from £10,000 to £8,000 per year, saving £156,000.

It hopes to save £9.7m improving its contracts with outside partners and suppliers, and a further £6m in cuts to communications, IT and other budgets.

But its services will also be cut. In adult social care, £24m of the £300m annual budget will be slashed, and 376 jobs axed.

Children’s services will lose 458 jobs and £15.3m.

Environmental services will save £13.75m of its £110.7m budget, axing 110 staff.

It will cut £4.4m of spending on Hampshire Safer Roads Partnership, the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire and Transport South Hampshire.

The culture and rural affairs department will cut £3m from its £30.4m budget, including 37 jobs.

Policy resources will cut £9m, losing 136 jobs, and £2m can be saved by sharing buildings with other groups