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COUNTIES TO SET CAP-SETTING BUDGETS TODAY

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Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire CCs will today set cap-setting budgets, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported th...
Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire CCs will today set cap-setting budgets, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Oxfordshire's Labour group leader James Plasket said the county had already 170 teachers and now would have to cut its budget by £12.5m. 'We've used our reserves, the schools have used their reserves, we're saying it's intolerable', Mr Plasket said. The county will have to sack another 300 teachers to comply with the capping limit, he said.

'We believe the community is behind us and is prepared to pay another £1 or so a week on the council tax in order to avoid devastation of vital public services', he said.

David Shakespeare, leader of Conservative controlled Buckinghamshire told Today the county would try to manage on its budget and was planning to cut £12m.

He said £3.5m had been found in efficiency savings and the rest would be achieved through reductions in services such as social services and highways maintenance.
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