Brighton council must save £30m to avoid bankruptcy

Brighton and Hove City Council is set to make savings of approximately £30 million to address a budget shortfall. The cost-cutting measures include the restructuring of council operations, with around 75 staff members facing potential redundancy, expected to save £2.4 million.

The council intends to work with the union Unison on the budget proposals, and while it recognizes the value of the staff, it contends that the scale of budget cuts necessitates reductions in staffing costs. The council leader stated that despite the challenges, frontline services such as libraries and public toilets were protected from cuts, and the council avoided declaring bankruptcy or seeking emergency funding support from the government.

The proposed budget also includes council tax and business rates increases and cuts to services for young people at risk of homelessness.

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