Council looks to make more cuts

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Grass cutting and street cleaning are among services Harborough District Council is looking to reduce as part of a £100,000 savings package.

The council is hoping to make £40,000 worth of cuts by reducing the frequency of road sweeping in rural areas.

And it is in discussions with its grounds maintenance contractor FCC Environment to make £30,000 of savings by making changes including a reduction in grass cutting.

It is also proposing to plow a further £80,000 into the call centre it shares with Charnwood Borough Council to pay for extra staff to help cope with increased call volumes.

The proposals are put forward in the council’s draft budget, set to be discussed by its ruling executive committee on Monday.

A report prepared for the meeting states the council will discover how much funding it will receive from Government later this month.

But it forecasts a figure of £3.4m - a 12 per cent decrease on last year’s funding package.

The report states the council will receive £535,000 as part of the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme to promote house building.

The budget has been drafted on the understanding there will be no increase in its portion of the council tax bill, which also attracts a Government grant of £52,000.

It will seek to make £107,000 worth of savings, while spending an extra £317,000, including appointing a new head of planning to review staffing and governance arrangements.

The council hopes to earn £55,000 following the re-launch of its trade waste recycling service last year.

The report reveals the council has cut £1.8m from its net expenditure since the 2010/11 financial year.