Savings being made at West Sussex County Council ‘to the very last penny’

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SAVINGS of £79m over a three-year period are set to be made by a council.

Leaders at West Sussex County Council said they were managing to balance the books despite falling levels of government grant.

Councillor Michael Brown, in charge of finance, said: ‘Last year we achieved our savings target down to the very last penny.

‘There is no doubt that we are facing even bigger challenges in the year ahead, but I have every confidence that we will deliver our year two savings in full and will go on to meet our final target.

‘I would also want to stress again that whilst we have had to reduce some services and reshape others, the largest part of our savings package comes from our own efficiencies and new ways of working.’