Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire council consults on 2012 savings plan

Worcestershire County Council is consulting the public about the potential areas it can make savings in.

The council said it needed to save £69m by 2015 and had already made £25m worth of savings to date.

Adrian Hardman, leader of the Conservative-run local authority, said the council was on track to meet its £30m savings target for year one.

He said the council planned to save £20m next year and wanted to know which areas people most wanted it to protect.

Mr Hardman said he expected people to want the council to protect elderly care, safeguarding children and road maintenance, but he was open to other suggestions.

The council has already made cuts to its transport, music and arts budgets and changes have been agreed not to pay staff in future for their first three sick days per year.

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