Major concerns are raised as government funding is cut by a third to Hampshire County Council

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SERIOUS concerns have been raised by a council leader following the announcement that government funding will be reduced by over a third.

Councillor Roy Perry, who leads Hampshire County Council, was concerned the authority’s revenue support grant has been cut by £48m next year.

That is a decrease of 37 per cent – and £29m more than the authority was anticipating.

By 2019/20, the county council – which runs services across Havant, Fareham and Gosport – will no longer receive any revenue support grant.

Cllr Perry said: ‘We’re disappointed with the settlement. We appreciate the need to reduce public spending and we are more than willing to play our part in that, but the change in distribution methodology was not expected, and has never been consulted on.

‘The loss of an additional £29m next year is an unwelcome surprise, less than four months before the start of the new financial year,.

‘I’m concerned the council taxpayers of Hampshire may have to pay more, but won’t see the benefit of this in local services. We will obviously be responding to the government’s proposals and will make it very clear what the impact of this re-distribution will be.’