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Cornish Frontline Services 'Will Face Cuts'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:34pm 26th June 2013

Cornwall's frontline services will face more cuts.

It is after the Chancellor announced he is slashing council budgets by ten percent, in his spending review.

This works out at around twenty million pounds for the Duchy.

Pirate FM has learnt everything from supporting the most vulnerable to road repairs could be in the firing line.

Alex Folkes is the Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

He said: "We have made one hundred and sixty million pounds of savings in back office functions so far. There is no way that we can carry on making savings that won't affect frontline services, so there's no other option. This is what we've been forced to do by the Chancellor.

"There are going to have to be savings across a wide variety of frontline services. Anybody who thinks that we can do it, simply by a few pay cuts here and there or by doing away with a couple of officers, is not understanding the scale of the cuts we're going to have to make."

The Chancellor also laid out plans to fund councils to freeze council for another two years.

Alex Folkes added: "The Chancellor also announced a two year extension to the council tax freeze.  The decision as to whether Cornwall Council takes up this option is a matter for councillors.  They will no doubt want to know the level at which the freeze is offered - 1%, 2% or more? That detail was left out today by George Osborne."

The department which funds tourism was also handed a seven percent cut to its budget.

The Chancellor did promise fairer funding for rural schools. George Osborne said the way school spending is allocated at the moment is not fair.

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