Rutland County Council cuts in detail

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Seven areas are facing cuts to save nearly £700,000 as the council start a two-week consultation.

BUS SERVICES

The 47 bus service, which runs between Belton, Uppingham and Peterborough and costs the council £8.54 per passenger, could be stopped. The council said it would provide alternative transport for students travelling to college in Peterborough.

The 20 service between Oakham and Burley-on-the-Hill, Cottesmore, Barrow, Thistleton, Stretton, Stocken and Clipsham would also be stopped. It costs the council £11.40 per passenger.

A time limit between 9.30am and 11pm would be introduced for the concessionary travel scheme bringing it in line with the national scheme and travel tokens would be withdrawn, except for disabled people who live outside of the area covered by the Call Connect scheme.

The changes would have a potential saving of £108,300.

HIGHWAYS

Highways services including street cleaning, grass cutting and road repairs would be reduced and there would be a reduction in the overall costs of the highways department to save £150,000.

LIBRARIES

Libraries at Ketton, Ryhall and Uppingham could close at 5pm instead of 7pm on weekdays unless volunteers could be found to help staff it.

Ketton and Ryhall libraries would close on Saturdays and the evening hours at Oakham library would be reduced from three days a week to two days.

Staffing would be cut or staff hours at the libraries or Rutland County Museum could be reduced. This would create a potential saving of £100,000.

TIPS

The opening hours of the tips at Cottesmore and North Luffenham would be reduced. The winter opening hours would change from 8am to 6pm to 11am to 5pm. Summer hours could change from 8am to 8pm to 10am until 6pm. The North Luffenham site, which opens seven days a week, would close between Tuesday and Thursday. This would have a potential saving of £49,000.

CARE CHARGES

The charge for home care for elderly and disabled people would rise from a maximum of £170 a week to a maximum of £300 a week, a charge will be made for second carers which is currently free and assessments for care services will be based on all of people’s income instead of 85 per cent. It would save £125,000.

NO PAYMENTS AT COUNCIL OFFICES

The council wants to save between £22,000 and £45,000 by stopping taking cash or cheque payments for things like council tax at its offices. Instead people would pay by direct debit or an Allpay system would be introduced, where customers could pay at machines in supermarkets and village shops.

The number of cash payments being made at the offices fell from 3,503 in 2009 to 2,174 last year.

SCHOOLS

The council is looking to cut £100,000 in support services to schools. More services would be provided by the schools, there would less training for teachers and support staff provided by county council funding, and fewer school staff with an area of expertise in education based at the council.