Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire County Council considers £149m cuts plan

Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon Image copyright Google
Image caption Samuel Pepys was educated at the same school as Oliver Cromwell - which has become the home of the Cromwell Museum and is now facing closure

Plans for about £149m of savings over the next five years are to go before councillors in Cambridgeshire.

On Tuesday, the Conservative group on the council - which is the largest party - will ask members to back its £750m budget for 2014-15.

The plans include closing the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, which the council says costs £30,000 a year to run.

Since consultation on its budget plans in January, the council has decided to put an extra £500,000 into transport.

The council's £751.6m draft budget for 2014-15 includes savings of about £38m, with more planned in the budgets up to 2018.

The measures include £32m of cuts to children, family and adult services.

The council said that after listening to the public and opposition groups, the cuts to children's centres would be reduced by £200,000, and cuts to mental health services by £200,000, in order to support these services through a period of transformation.

The Conservative-led administration said it planned to increase council tax by 1.99% "to help protect frontline services".

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