Axe set to fall on Wyre services

Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'County Hall
Photo Ian Robinson'Preston landmarks'County Hall

“Unprecedented” cuts to services across Wyre and Fylde are set to be discussed by county councillors.

Lancashire County Council, which is responsible for services including education, social services and highways in the two boroughs, has been told it needs to make savings equating to almost 40 per cent of its current budget during 2014/15.

The budget will be discussed at a full council meeting at County Hall, in Preston, on Thursday.

A report on the budget in the meeting for the agenda states: “As a result of the highly-challenging reductions in resources for local government, together with continuing growth in demand, the County Council is facing the need to make savings equivalent to almost 40 per cent of the current year’s budget.

“It is recognised this level of challenge is unprecedented and to ensure the county council is able to deliver effectively for its communities, will have to reshape its services and organisation to deliver within a significantly reduced cost envelope.

“It is imperative the work to achieve this continues in order to effectively deliver the three year financial strategy 2015/16 to 2017/18. “

The council has previously publicised the need to cut £300m from its budget by 2017/18. The meeting takes place at 1.30pm on Thursday.