Somerset County Council reveals £18m of savings at a time of ‘extreme financial pressure’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 February 2017

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Somerset County Council has revealed its budget for the next financial year, which aims to save the authority £18million in a time of ‘extreme financial pressure’.

The council has said its focus is on reducing the use of agency staff, alongside better use of technology and increased efficiency.

There are four main areas which will result in smaller outgoings. These include a redesign of services such as care placement, which will see a £10million saving as Somerset looks to adopt good practice used by other good performing councils.

Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for resources, said: “This is a balanced approach to deliver a balanced budget at a time of extreme financial pressure for all local councils. We have to find savings and are committed to doing so in a way that allows us to carry on delivering services we can be proud of.”

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