Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

More Cuts but No Increase in Tax Bills

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

More Cuts but No Increase in Tax Bills

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Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE latest round of multimillion pound budget cuts has been rubber stamped by a cash-strapped authority but there will be no council tax rise.

North Tyneside Council has finalised its 2015-16 budget, with councillors agreeing to how they will save PS40m and PS46m over the next three years.

It's been estimated that up to 350 posts will go by 2018 while more staff will be brought under one roof as the council rolls out more shared office space.

Services for under fives will be focused on the most in need, while there will be PS1m less to spend on preventative health projects.

However the borough's elected Labour mayor Norma Redfearn has said despite cutbacks - which involves a PS165,000 reduction on town centre events - money will still be available for the regeneration of the Spanish City Dome and redeveloping the Swan Hunter shipyard site. Mayor Redfearn said: "I am pleased that despite having to cope with massive reductions in our government funding we are, for the third year running, not increasing the amount of money that residents will have to pay towards council services through the council tax. …

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