Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The cuts explained

Like all local authorities, Brent's funding from central government has been severely cut; not just in the current financial year but in each year until 2014/15.

The government's recent Comprehensive Spending Review announced a spending cut of around 19 per cent over the next two years with more to come.

Central government finances the majority of our spending, so any cut will impact on the services we provide and how we provide them.

Tough decisions to be made

We are reviewing all our services but the cuts mean we can no longer afford to continue to provide the same services and we need to make some changes to the way we work.

As always our goal is to reduce the impact of the cuts on the most vulnerable members of our community but the government spending cuts mean some tough decisions will need to be made.

We had anticipated these cuts before they were announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and as a result, over the last year, a series of efficiency saving projects have been started.

We need to save £43 million next year (2011/12).

By being more efficient, doing things in different ways and stopping some things altogether we have already identified found £21 million in savings. This work has helped us to plan how we will achieve the savings needed and to reduce the impact of these cuts on Brent's residents and business community.

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