Education one of the winners in new council budget

Education one of the winners in new council budget

Education one of the winners in new council budget

by Joe Curtis , Health Reporter 4:04pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in

YOUNG people in Hampshire are set to benefit in the county council's new budget, announced today.

The Conservative-run council, up for election in May, rubber stamped major spending increases in education, child care and adult services.

It will dip into its £307m cash reserves to balance the budget over the next two years and fund programmes including faster broadband in rural areas and a Winchester district heating scheme.

Leader Ken Thornber also announced 1,000 council apprenticeships for unemployed young people over the next five years, with guaranteed jobs when they end, and 30 university scholarships over three years for children from underprivileged families.

He said: “This is a budget about giving hope to 1,000 young people and is about securing jobs and expanding the economy of Hampshire.”

Cllr Thornber added the council has made £130m savings over the past two years, including cutting 1,800 jobs, reducing payroll by £46m.

Another £600m will be spend on capital projects such as expanding school places, improving roads and housing for the elderly.

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9:03pm Thu 21 Feb 13 J.P.M says…


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10:10pm Thu 21 Feb 13 J.P.M says…

George Osborne will be forced into an embarrassing climbdown over next month's budget by having to admit that borrowing this year will go up, not down, according to his own independent tax and spending watchdog

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11:49am Fri 22 Feb 13 beekay says…

Wow! What a co-incidence! Elections are due and Hampshire County Council is spending money on something other than vanity projects.

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