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SIMPLE budget cuts are no longer the answer, the leader of Portsmouth City Council has said.

Following eight years of cutbacks and low council tax yields the council has so far been forced to save £98m to stay in the black. Despite this a further £12m of savings is required over the next three years to stay in budget.

But council leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, is not convinced making straightforward cuts to services is the best option.

He said: ‘We have got the same target of saving £4m a year which is the same as last year.


Portsmouth Evening News


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