Cuts to adult and community services part of council plans to save £6m

Cuts to adult and community services part of council plans to save £6m

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James Preston

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Cuts to adult and community services part of council plans to save £6m

More than £4m in budget savings could be made under proposals due to be discussed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead tonight.

The council needs to save £6m for the 2014/2015 financial year if it is to meet its target of freezing council tax and the first series of recommendations will be discussed by a corporate services overview and scrutiny panel at Maidenhead Town Hall before going before cabinet next week.

A report due to go before councillors identifies everything from saving money on printing and stationery costs to the potential dimming of street lighting to help shave millions off the amount it is spending.

The borough's adult and community services will be the area most affected by the changes, with the council looking to save nearly £2m.

The area makes up a significant portion of the council's spend and changes include enhancing schemes to help vulnerable residents remain in their own homes safely and a review of care packages and residential placements.

Savings of £586,000 would be made from children's services, £879,000 would be shaved from operations budgets and £749,000 would be taken from corporate services.

Parking charges for leisure centre users, a reduction in streetcare operating budgets, a move to cloud-based computing and changes in the way council tax is administered are among a lengthy list of contract changes, reviews, restructuring and efficiencies.

Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for finance, said the savings were 'nothing revolutionary' but part of a continuing process to identify how the council can run more efficiently.

"All the time we are trying to improve council services," he added. "I don't think residents will see any reduction in the quality of services."

Cllr Dudley said by introducing the plans early, it is hoped some of the changes can be implemented for this financial year.

Last year, the borough recorded savings of £1.9m and reserves of £6.4m.

Tonight's meeting will take place in the council chamber at 7.30pm.

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