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Plans to save £13.6m and expand primary schools approved by Havering Cabinet

PUBLISHED: 11:18 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 05 November 2015

Havering Cabinet approved plans to save a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years and expand five primary schools

Havering Cabinet approved plans to save a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years and expand five primary schools

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Proposals detailing how Havering Council plans to save a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years have been approved by the cabinet - five primary schools’ expansions have also been agreed.

Leader Cllr Roger Ramsey told the cabinet in Havering Town Hall last night the proposals are “robust” and would “substantially avoid any reduction in front line social services”.

But he added “hard decisions have to be taken” and could result “in loss of jobs for some people”.

A proposed restructuring of the youth service provision will see some of the open sessions being reduced and staff being cut in order to save £1m.

An extra £2m worth of cuts will have to be made in order to close the £16.3m budget shortfall by 2018-19.

Last September the council announced it had to make £60m of cuts to balance its budget, which has been reviewed to £56m.

In the meantime, plans to expand five primary schools have been agreed by the cabinet in order to address the predicted 3,000 school places shortage over the next five years.

The plans are subject to consultations with the schools and planning applications.

Read the full story and reaction to the plans in tomorrow’s Recorder.


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