Nottingham

Nottingham City Council approves £20m budget cuts

People in Old Market Square
Image caption Unison said the council's proposals would "cut into the bone" of public services

Nottingham City Council has approved its budget for the forthcoming year that will see £20m in spending cuts.

The authority has agreed to raise council tax by about £36, cut 195 jobs and close the Marlstones Elderly Person's Home in Bulwell.

The Labour-run authority said the measures were needed to protect services for the most vulnerable.

A demonstration was held in the Old Market Square in protest over the spending cuts.

Public sector union Unison said the proposals would have a "massive impact".

Jean Thorpe, from the union, said: "We are now into the fourth year of cuts being made by this Labour council, so they're now cutting into the bone of council services and it's going to have a massive impact.

"Probably the cruellest cuts are the threats to close elderly people's homes."

'Arrogant response'

Nottingham City Council faces a 7.36% cut in government funding and said it needed to save at least another £24m by the end of spring 2015.

In January, Graham Chapman, deputy leader of the city council, said: "The government's cuts are unfair on cities like Nottingham.

"We have done what we can to protect the most vulnerable and those front-line services which people rely on most, but it is incredibly difficult when these cuts come on top of years of our own prudent efficiencies and last year's £60m of government cuts."

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps said the council's cuts and council tax rise were the "arrogant response" he had come to expect from Labour-run Nottingham.

Mr Shapps said sharing backroom services with other authorities and cutting senior pay should come first.

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