Council reveals savings plan

COUNCILLORS in Ashfield have announced plans to make savings over the next five years.

Ashfield District Council’s cabinet has agreed to make efficiency savings in several key areas to try and stop frontline services being affected.

Proposals include reducing waste and bureaucracy, sharing work with neighbouring authorities and making sure fees and charges cover the cost of its services.

Councillors hope the authority will save £1.9m in the next financial year 2012/13. The council then plans to make savings of £1.6m in 2013/14; £1.3m in 2014/15 and £0.2m in £2015/16.

The cabinet also agreed to review staffing levels – but said it would work with employees to avoid compulsory redundancies. Instead, it is hoped staff members who are interested in voluntary redundancy will take it, while existing vacancies will be looked at to see if there are alternative ways of delivering the service.