Nottingham

Nottinghamshire County Council accused of financial incompetence

The Conservative-led county council in Nottinghamshire has been accused of financial incompetence after it announced budget savings of £34m.

The authority said it had reduced its spending through good housekeeping and better ways of working.

But opposition leader Alan Rhodes said the savings had been made by cutting services and jobs.

He said the council was either incapable of making accurate spending plans or was "misleading the public".

'All in this together'

Council leader Kay Cutts said the savings had been achieved by "running a tighter ship".

She said: "We are not cutting our services in anyway - what we are setting out to do is provide people with really good services at a price everyone can afford."

But Mr Rhodes questioned whether the cuts had been necessary at all.

He said: "It makes a complete mockery of 'we are all in this together' - 2,000 job losses at the council, increase to charges to the most vulnerable for vital care services and major cuts to grants for the voluntary sector."

The savings, which are a one-off for 2011-2012, are in addition to the £71m identified in the original budget.

The authority said it plans to reinvest the money in a number of projects, which include the dualling of the A453, the refurbishment of six residential care homes and providing high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.

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