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Cornwall Braces for Millions More in Cuts

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12:11pm 20th June 2012
(Updated 12:11pm 20th June 2012)

Cornwall is warned to brace for more cuts and a hurricane of protests.

The council says it could have to save another £70m pounds because of cuts in government funding. That equates to around 35%.

Some of that could have to come from front line services but no decisions have been made on where.

The revelations came in a meeting with councillors when the Chief Executive revealed a "graph of doom."

The authority is sitting on reserves of £200m, which some councillors say should now be used to cushion the pain.

Robert Oxley from the Taxpayers Alliance agrees: "The council has to justify what it's doing with its reserves. No-one will blame their local authority for storing money away for a rainy day and investment. But at the time when they do have to find these savings, those reserves could help in ensuring the council is provided.

"Whether it's employing a member of staff for an entire year just for the one day that the Olympic Torch is in the area, I think it's time that they started making sure that they get value for money out of taxpayer's cash."

12:11pm 20th June 2012

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