‘Tough decisions’ ahead as county faces £145m shortfall

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Cuts are on the cards as County Hall officials seek to plug a £145 million budget gap over the next four years.

The shortfall is mainly the result of unfunded inflation, which costs Herts County Council around £20 million each year, the growth of the elderly population, which costs around £10 million annually, and reductions in central government grant contributions.

In the last four years the council has already shaved £149 million off its costs.

Councillor Terry Hone, who oversees resources said: “To achieve about the same again will mean that some tough decisions lie ahead, but we are determined to meet the challenge.

For more information visit www.hertsdirect.org/councilforthefuture