Mansfield District Council bids to find extra £2.7m savings

A Nottinghamshire council is bidding to save an extra £2.7m after re-estimating its budgets.

Last year, Mansfield District Council predicted it would have to make £719,000 of savings in 2012/13.

Now, it has said extra savings were needed because of a reduction in income and a fall in government grants.

Proposals presented to its cabinet on Monday included freezing recruitment of some vacant jobs and introducing a charge for garden waste collection.

The £25 annual charge would allow the council to roll out the service to about 6,500 households, the authority said.

'Challenging task'

As well as a reduction in grants from the government, the authority said it had been prompted to act because cash from car parking fees and property rents had been falling.

Under the latest plans, savings would also come from sharing services with Ashfield District Council and a review of retail property rents.

Proposals include a freeze on council tax in 2012/13, which would allow the council to take advantage of a government grant of £147,000.

Councillor Roger Sutcliffe said: "This budget is designed to limit the impact of the current austerity measures on residents and businesses and continue the long term sustainability of the district finances.

"However, meeting these priorities, finding the necessary savings and delivering a balanced budget is becoming an increasingly challenging task.

"We have listened to concerns of the public and have attempted to address their issues, whilst acknowledging our on going challenges."

The proposals will be presented to a meeting of the full council on 25 January.

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