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Services to be hit by cash cut

LAST week, cash-strapped Solihull Council agreed cuts of £12m at its annual budget meeting.

LAST week, cash-strapped Solihull Council agreed cuts of £12m at its annual budget meeting.

In the wake of the decision, the Solihull News takes a look through the financial report and some of the areas where the council are making savings.

* Solihull Music Service (-£100,000). It’s not the first time that the service, based at Lyndon School, has faced cuts.

At last week’s meeting, council leader Ken Meeson said that the core budget would remain untouched and that money was being taken out of the subsidy.

The service will be working more closely with its counterpart in Warwickshire and looking at new ways to generate income

* Libraries (-£190,000). Opening hours will be cut back at several branch libraries: Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Dickens Heath, Hobs Moat, Kingshurst, Knowle and Olton.

Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, defended the changes - saying that studies had been done to work out the number of visitors.

The School Library Service is also being axed - Solihull Council is considering a shared-service with Warwickshire.

* Flower beds (-£22,000). Solihull takes pride in its leafy surroundings, but there will be fewer beds in future.

Solihull Council has trimmed its budget in this area by over £20,000.

* Electricity savings (-£50,000). The local authority will be looking to save on the electricity bills.

An IT programme will be installed to auto-shutdown computers at night and power-down screens during the day.

* Cremation (-£150,000). Council has prepared a business care for increasing burial and cremation fees.

* Grit Bins (-£20,000). Savings will be made by not removing bins during the summer months.

 

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