County council spending reduced by £6.5million

County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

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BUDGET cuts will reduce Northumberland County Council’s spending power by £6.5 million in real terms this year - more than the national average, the communities secretary Eric Pickles has revealed.

This year’s budget settlement for councils across the UK has been revealed by the Government, with an average cut in budgets of 2.7 per cent for 2013-14.

Northumberland will have its allocation reduced by £6.5 million, after adjustment for inflation - a two per cent drop, again more than the national average.

Other councils have seen their spending power cut by up to 8.8 per cent.

Northumberland County Council will have just under £312 million to spend in 2013-14 - the equivalent of just over £2,100 for each household.

The move is part of a shift from central to local funding of councils, with more money to be raised locally and less via government grants.

The council’s Medium Term Financial Plan (for the next three years) is due to be discussed on February 11, at a meeting where the Executive will also be given the chance to make formal budgetary recommendations to the county council regarding spending in the coming year.

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