Mid Wales

Powys council calls for money saving ideas

Residents in Powys can have their say on how the council should save money at a series of workshops.

The authority said it needs to save £15m in 2015-16 and a total of £70m by 2020.

Council leader Barry Thomas said the challenge to make the savings was "daunting" and meant services must be delivered differently.

He said he wanted to enlist the skills of local people to work together to protect the future of its services.

Mr Thomas said communities with active organisations would play a key role in retaining and delivering services across the county or "run the risk of services disappearing altogether".

But he said residents must understand the challenges local authorities are facing and the limited resources available to them.

A series of meetings to discuss where savings could be made will take place at venues across the county throughout September and October.

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