Oxfordshire - Council seeks efficiencies help

1st January 2010 at 00:00

Schools in Oxfordshire will have to help the local council make savings of #163;4.4 million next year, officials have announced.

Cash available to spend on children will dramatically reduce because of the recession, the county council says.

Figures released to councillors at a recent meeting show the council predicts that central government grant money will fall by #163;9 million by 201415, while the council tax precept will drop by #163;10.6 million.

Total expenditure will reduce by #163;21 million in the same year, compared with 201011.

The council's children, young people and families department will have to save a total of #163;14 million over the next four years.

The council says the savings will be achieved through greater efficiencies, restructuring the department and trying to increase its income - for example, charging for using the outdoor activity centre.

School repairs and maintenance will also be reviewed.

Cuts will have to be made in school transport costs, services for disabled children, youth services and respite care. km.

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