Suffolk County councillors to scrutinise £38.6 million cuts plan

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Councillors are to examine plans to cut £38.6 million from Suffolk County Council’s budget for 2014/15.

The authority’s scrutiny committee will question leading councillors and bosses about the proposals next Thursday.

The cuts are part of a four year plan to save £156m following a reduction in Government funding for local councils.

The proposals include saving £9m when the council’s contract with BT providing ICT, HR, finance and public access ends in May and these will be brought back in house followed by a programme of ‘service transformation’.

There will be £8m from new energy from the waste plant at Great Blakenham to open next December.

An additional £6.4m would be saved from adult and community services while ensuring the growing numbers of people who require care access the services they need.

Another £4m would be found by cutting the council’s contingency budget, budget for major projects and capital financing fund.

Cllr Colin Noble, cabinet member for finance, said they are working to ‘protect much valued front line services’ and ‘no decisions will be taken without thorough public consultation.

The final decision on the council’s budget will be made next February.