Burnley council facing ‘severe’ 31% budget cuts

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Burnley could be hit by “severe” budget cuts of 31% over the next two years, according to a financial report.

Town Hall chiefs could face making potential savings of £5.2m. pounds by 2015/16 under the Government’s austerity programme.

The shock figures were outlined in a report set to be discussed by councillors at the Executive on October 15th.

The cuts would mean a smaller council focusing more on top priority services like boosting the economy and keeping the streets clean and safe while stopping activities that add to residents’ quality of life.

Coun. Mark Townsend, executive member for resources and performance management, said: “This council needs to find unprecedented savings to remain financially sustainable over the coming years while, at the same time, protecting and continuing to provide high quality services to its residents.

“We have some very tough decisions to make, because of the Government’s decision to slash

local government funding in the way that they are.”

See Friday’s Burnley Express for a full report in the budget cuts.