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Frontline services under threat in Gravesham as council looks to plug funding gap worth £10,000 A DAY

PUBLISHED: 12:22 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:22 30 September 2016

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Government support grants given to the council are set to end in April 2019

The first set to proposals to change Gravesham’s frontline service is set to be discussed next month.

Cabinet members at the council are looking to plug a funding gap worth £10,000 per working day.

The gap comes as council lose their government support grants -previously worth around £2.54million - over the next three years.

Plans have already managed to make savings of £1.1million by investing in property, sharing back-office service with other councils, raising money from fees and charges, and from a ‘budget tightening programme’.

But more than £1.4million worth of changes still need to be made to frontline services.

Council leader John Cubitt admitted the borough council faced ‘difficult choices’ ahead of its cabinet meeting on October 10.

Cllr Cubitt said: “This presents a series of difficult choices and cabinet members have to prioritise which options to take in each case, whether that is ceasing a service altogether, working in new partnerships or trimming some aspects.

“But make no mistake either savings or increased income, have to be achieved. Where there is a need to consult with stakeholders we will carry out consultations in due course.

“Members will have to determine which items we can afford to continue but the status quo is not an option.“

The meeting will review two key services - economic development, which includes tourism and town centre management, and public health which will include leisure facilities and events.

Leisure centres are excluded from the talks.

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