Stroud District Council signs off £1.9m cuts package

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A £1.9m package of cuts over the next two years has been agreed by councillors in Stroud in Gloucestershire.

Conservative-controlled Stroud District Council signed off its budget for the coming year after its government grant was reduced by 28%.

Council leader Frances Roden said they had to be "pragmatic" and that the council "had to have less money".

One anti-cuts campaigner was ejected from Thursday's meeting for heckling.

Ms Roden said: "The point is that the country is in a financial mess. We have to accept that we have a contribution to pay in getting that mess sorted out.

"It means that our council has to have less money because that is how it is - it's about being pragmatic."

Liberal Democrat opposition leader Dennis Andrewartha said: "The administration had little choice.

"The public will see cuts to things like travel tokens, the gardening organisation, neighbourhood wardens and possibly other services.

"The devil is in the detail and we'll see over the next few months where we are."

The council said planned savings included spending less on regeneration projects and also losing 45 jobs over the next four years.

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