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Cabinet to consider council’s savings programmes

The achievements and lessons learnt from Herefordshire Council’s savings programmes will be considered this month by Cabinet.

The council’s Rising to the Challenge programme will be considered by Cabinet when they meet on Thursday 18 April 2013.  The programme delivered £21million of savings between 2010 and 2012, which helped the council to bridge the gap following cuts in government funding. 

The action taken not only reduced costs but also contributed to protecting the county’s frontline services, by reducing the number of management posts, achieving a better deal with suppliers and sharing services through the creation of Hoople Ltd.

The report being considered by Cabinet also outlines the Root and Branch Review proposals, which will deliver a further £22millon of savings over the next two to three years.

In advance of the Cabinet meeting, the report will also be considered by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 8 April 2013.

Councillor Tony Johnson, Cabinet member for financial management, said: “This is an important item for Cabinet to consider.  The council has agreed a wide range of savings as part of its 2013/14 budget and Cabinet will be signing off plans which will have an impact on the county’s services and residents.”

“Further cuts in our government grant mean we will need to go further in future years.  We will continue to focus on our core priorities of protecting vulnerable people and improving the county’s economy, but inevitably some other services will need to stop or reduce.”

To read a copy of the Rising to the Challenge and Root and Branch Review programmes report, please visit the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting page.