More details of cuts emerge

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (180470-1)

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TWO Hampshire County Council departments hope to save the council £27m.

The council must save £55m in the financial year from April this year to March 2012, and its adult social care department, which has a budget of more than £300m, plans to cut £24m.

The department will lose more than 20 senior managers, about 20 per cent of its management team, and a review of procurement, contracts and care monitoring is under way.

The culture department plans to cut £3m from its £30m budget.

It pays for libraries, museums and countryside services, but will add to its library and mobile library services review with a library and information service and museum and arts service restructure.

Part will merge with the property, business, regulatory and IT department.

The news comes with the council’s plans to hand all 44 of its children’s centres to the private sector and community groups, and revelations 5,500 staff could be temporarily laid off, so the council can renegotiate overtime pay.