Shropshire Council could need to make an extra £10 million in cuts next year, officials said today. And they warned of more cuts for years to come.
A report going to authority’s cabinet next week says the possible further massive cuts could result in a huge reduction in the services it provides to the taxpayer.
The council is predicting it could have to find a further £9.6 million of savings on top of the £21 million already agreed for 2013/14, due to the loss of Government grants and an overspend in this year’s adult social care budget.
The figure will not be finalised until the Government announces its Full Financial Settlement in February.
The council has already put plans in place to save around £85 million over four years, including reductions of £38 million which had been made by March this year.
But the report warns that tens of millions of pounds of additional cuts may still have to be found beyond 2014 when the Government’s next Comprehensive Spending Review takes place.
Council leader Keith Barrow said: “We all know the economic climate is incredibly difficult for everyone, and these latest figures just confirm that there are more tough times still to come.”