Gateshead council faces £30m cuts

A COUNCIL must cut £30m from its spending by 2015.

Gateshead Council faces the funding gap for the period 2013 to 2015, having already cut £66m and 1,125 jobs over the last three years.

Council chiefs say once the new cuts are implemented, spending will be £233 less per person per year than it was in 2010.

The council’s cabinet will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, January 22), when it will be asked to agree a consultation with residents, inviting them to consider a range of spending proposals.

They include: outsourcing services, cutting jobs, increasing service charges and closing council buildings.

The council is proposing to freeze its precept on council tax.

Consultation will run until Friday, February 15, with a final budget for the year ahead to be agreed on Thursday, February 28.

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