Hampshire County County fixes council tax at same level in budget

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has fixed its portion of the council tax for the second year running.

People living in the average home, band D, will continue to pay £1,037.88 to the county.

But tough decisions had to be made because of the £45m cut in government grants.

In a bid to balance the books, 1,400 staff have already been axed, including one in four managers, and a further 228 staff are expected to leave in the coming year.

However, over the next three years £30m will be put into creating school places and £45m providing extra care housing for the elderly.

Tory council leader, councillor Ken Thornber said: ‘The success in its efficiency and transformation programme has given the council unprecedented levels of one-off resources to invest in Hampshire’s economy and aid improvements to services for the young, old and vulnerable.’

Other measures included an extra £11.5m for adult care and protecting children’s services from any further cuts this year.

The budget was approved at yesterday’s meeting of the full council.