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Lancashire County Council Consider £7m Savings

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet will look at cuts to start addressing what the authority's leader says is an "extremely serious financial challenge.

Councillors meet today to consider axeing some transport information centres; ending a grants scheme for good causes; and slashing support for sheltered care.

The savings total £7million over the next three years - a drop in the ocean compared to the £161million deficit that's forecast by 2022.

It's previously emerged the council will have spent its reserves within the next two years.

Speaking about the proposals, County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "We have made no secret of the fact that the county council faces an extremely serious financial challenge. We know that we will face a funding gap of £161m in 2021/22 and that we will have spent the county council's available reserves within the next two years. 

"It is imperative that we put plans in place to make the necessary savings to secure a sustainable future for the county council, and the vital services that our most vulnerable residents rely on. 

"That will inevitably mean making very difficult decisions and it is clear that these proposals will require very serious thought and consideration of their implications, when Cabinet meets next week."

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