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A COUNCIL leader has defended his proposals to cut a community safety service.

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, released a statement following his policy and resources decision day.

He was asked to consider proposals for how services funded from the Policy and Resources Budget would meet the 12 per cent savings required as part of the £93m budget reduction the council must make after a cut in government funding.

Councillor Perry said: ‘We are proud of our Accredited Community Safety Officers and I am in absolutely no doubt about the good work that they have done.

‘I am full of admiration for how they have operated, but I need to balance a budget.

‘The county council has legal responsibilities to provide certain services, and in those cases can be the only statutory provider.

‘Any final decision to cease the Community Safety Service would be subject to consultation, including further discussions with staff and trades unions.’