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Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of £144 per home

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Finance

Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of 144 per home Council facing 'disproportionate' cuts of 144 per home

Camden Council has complained that it is facing a further budget gap of £70 million because of coalition cuts - which it must close by 2018.

The local authority claims it one of the worst affected councils in the country, with each household in the borough facing a £144 cut - the 8th highest in the UK.

Camden says that it will focus its financial strategy on prioritising investment towards delivering the outcomes it committed to in its 'Camden plan', giving everyone who lives in the borough the "chance to succeed".

The council says that "simply cutting budgets across the board won’t allow us to achieve this so our approach will align our spending choices to the outcomes we want to achieve in the long term".

The recent local government settlement figure for Camden was £20 million less than the council was originally expecting.

The council has made £93m in savings since 2011.

Councillor Sarah Hayward, council leader, said: “There will be no slash and burn approach in Camden. However due to the sheer scale and unprecedented nature of the new challenge we face means that carrying on as before is not an option.

“Camden once again is disproportionately affected by cuts to local government budgets, in effect losing £144 going forward for each home in the borough.

“No council wants to close services that are used and valued by the communities they serve, but this was the case when we had to take many painful decisions to close the previous £93m deficit in our budget.

“This latest round of cuts coming again so soon leaves our finances in a precarious position where further job losses, particularly at managerial level and service closures are inevitable.

“While the picture for our finances is bleak, I can assure residents and service users that no decisions have been taken and when they are they will only be made in an open and transparent way.”

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