Services will go as budget cuts are set to be announced in Portsmouth

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson
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PORTSMOUTH City Council has spelled out plans to axe jobs and cut funding to education as it looks to save cash in its proposed budget.

The budget, which will need to be approved by councillors, proposes cutting 183 jobs - both full and part time - which added up amount to 151 full-time posts.

The council also proposes to slash funding to playgrounds in the city although it has pledged that youth clubs and larger advventure playgrounds will be protected.

The children’s service budget will face a huge £3,210,800 cut, rising to £4,198,800 next year and there will be £2,599,500 lost from the education budget, rising to £3,091,100 next year.

Charities the Downs Education Trust and the Dyslexia Action Trust face having their funding cut and, as previously reported in The News, the council will withdraw from Hampshire’s Safety Camera Partnership, meaning there will be no working fixed speed cameras in the city.

Other charities that face being hit by funding cuts include the Kings Theatre, the Salvatuion Army’s Catherine Boothe House, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth and Community First.

The council proposes to put £2.5million aside to repair schools, many of which were affected when the government axed millions of pounds worth of funding from its Building Schools for the Future project.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said the cuts would have been worse but the council managed to make more cash from the city’s ferry port than expected. The port brought in about £6m over the year, partly thanks to a new contract with fruit company Del Monte.