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Hundreds have their say on Rutland County Council’s cuts proposals

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

More than 700 people gave their views on Rutland County Council’s proposals to make a string of cuts to people’s services in a bid to make savings.

The council launched its People First consultation in April, which gave people the chance to have their say on the changes via a number of drop in events and an online questionnaire.

Rutland County Council needs to save £925,300 in 2014/15. However, the cost of providing some of the people based services is expected increase by £2m in the next few years as the elderly population increases and demand for help rises.

No decisions have been made as yet but some of the main proposals include; reducing day care services, including the closure of five day centres; closing the Children’s Centre at Casterton and transferring the services to Oakham; withdrawing support from five of the eight youth centres which are the least used; and closing meals on wheels to new clients.

Rutland county councillor Kenneth Bool (Con) said: “We have been very clear from the outset that we face some important decisions in the coming months and years and it was important to get feedback on our proposals.

“We know that everyone leads busy lives so on behalf of the council I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to complete a survey or attend a meeting.”

A joint meeting of the council’s scrutiny panel is planned for August 28, at 7pm in the council chamber in Oakham, where the proposals will be discussed.

For more information, visit www.rutland.gov.uk/peoplefirst

 

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