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LIVE - Dorset County Council budget meeting
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- Today the county council will be meeting at County Hall in Dorchester to vote on the latest round of cuts and our reporters will be there to bring you the latest news as it happens.
- £10.9 million pounds of savings are proposed.
The meeting has now ended.
The budget has been approved with a majority of councillors voting in favour.
Members are now being asked to vote on the budget
Lib Dem member for Weymouth Town Howard Legg said he did not have any confidence in the budget being proposed.
He said: “I believe some of the decisions to do with the budget are wrong and I will be willing to criticise where necessary.”
Spencer Flower cabinet member for corporate resources said the Lib Dem councillors needed to understand that the council had an obligation to produce a balanced budget.
Coun Harris also hit out at a proposed reduction in funding towards the county's road safety partnership, claiming it would be a 'death blow' for the No Excuse campaign.
Lib Dem member for Westham Coun David Harris hit out at the proposed reduction in bus budgets.
He said: "This will mean more isolated people will exist in our communities as they will not be able to get out of their immediate neighbourhoods and that is criminal."
She added: "We on this side understand that people must be put first.
"Everything we see here today does not do that, indeed it could be argued it does exactly the opposite."
Coun Dover claims a Freedom of Information request submitted by her party revealed the council had spent millions on consultants and agency staff over the last three years and called on the council to cut wasted costs.
Coun Dover said: “We are supportive of the council tax freeze because we have no wish to put further tax burdens onto hard pressed families in Dorset.”
Coun Campbell's budget proposal is seconded by his deputy Coun Hilary Cox.
Coun Campbell said he was also recommending a freeze in the authority's share of the council tax.
He added: "Our priorities remain to protect vulnerable people, to support communities and to grow the local economy."
Coun Campbell said of the £19.5m savings the council need to find in the next financial year £5.6m would come through on-going savings already identified and £3m had been identified from central budgets. The remaining £10.9m is to come from service budgets.
He added: "We will need to find at least a further £46million in savings over the next three years."
Coun Campbell said over the last two years the council has saved £43million and reduced its workforce by over 500 full time equivalent posts
Angus Campbell is giving his budget speech now...
Coun Campbell made reference to the 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre and added 'It is to be hoped today's business will not be so extreme.'
Council leader Angus Campbell will present the budget to members #cuts— @EchoDorch 14 February 2013
Members will be asked to consider a package of £10.9million of further savings for the coming financial year #cuts— @EchoDorch 14 February 2013
Dorset County Councillors are meeting to consider the 2013/14 budget #cuts— @EchoDorch 14 February 2013
10:04am Thu 14 Feb 13
£1.4M can be cut straight away by NOT spending our money on the latest folley in Charles Street!
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Members of the county council were greeted by representatives from Unison asking them to sign a Valentine's Day card to show they oppose cuts to services.
Dorset County Council budget meeting this morning- we will be tweeting live. Follow @EchoDorch or visit http://t.co/WsITpQEr— @Dorsetecho 14 February 2013
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This morning Dorset County Council will be meeting at County Hall in Dorchester to vote on the latest round of cuts to services and our reporters will be there to bring you the latest news as it happens.
£10.9 million of savings are proposed.
Councillors will also be met by members of Unison as they arrive asking them to sign a Valentine’s Day card to show how much they care about public services beforehand.
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