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Council leader: "We face immediate cuts"

Council leader: "We face immediate cuts"

Published at 3:12pm 18th December 2015. (Updated at 5:53pm 18th December 2015)

North Yorkshire County Council is facing a funding shortfall of £21 million next year.

The figure is £10 million higher than was expected, following the Government’s funding settlement for local authorities.

The settlement has led to a doubling of the sooner-than-expected reduction in grant with only three months to go.

It means that North Yorkshire has received the fifth worse settlement in the country.

It also sees the total elimination of Government grant for the county by 2019/20.

The authority has welcomed the introduction of a four-year rather than a one-year settlement, but says the funding will still leave it with an "immediate and pressing" shortfall.

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "While this settlement provides local authorities with some benefits, these benefits will come later and we do not as yet have the detail.

"Unfortunately this settlement leaves us with the immediate challenge of making more savings than expected in the short term - a very tough challenge indeed.

"We welcome the four-year settlement and the opportunity this gives for more secure financial planning in the immediate term, and we welcome the increase in the Rural Services Delivery Grant, but there is no getting away from the fact that we face immediate cuts while any benefits will come down the line."