Greenwich Council faces cuts of at least £65m

Greenwich Council has confirmed it faces at least £65m in cuts following the coalition government’s spending review. But there are fears it could be worse.

A lengthy statement which looks like it’s been hastily slapped onto the front of this week’s Greenwich Time – yep, very Pravda-like – says that out of an annual budget of £247m, £65m has simply been cut and news of a further £31m – earmarked for child protection and 20 Sure Start nurseries is awaited.

To add to the uncertainty, there’s confusion over a further £18m which was intended for services for the elderly.

The council says it will prioritise services for “children and vulnerable adults, as well as those which underpin the quality of life in the public realm and which support reductions in violent crime“.

Full details of the funding local councils will get next year are not expected to emerge until December.

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