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SERVICE cuts are likely as a council looks to save £55m over the next two years.

Chichester-based West Sussex County Council is proposing a raft of money-saving reforms across adult social care, highways, children’s services and internal working.

Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: ‘I want to emphasise strongly that these are just proposals at this stage. No final decisions have been taken, and will not be until the budget meeting in February.

‘These proposals are far from being just about cutting services, and very much about a county council that will again be looking at new ways of working and delivering services.

‘I still firmly believe that, despite a background of government grant cuts, we can still deliver on our key priorities.’

She added: ‘The draft savings proposals will reduce some service budgets, but there are also many reductions we are making through internal efficiencies that will not have any impact on residents.’