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Suffolk to 'passport' cuts

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Suffolk CC is adopting an explicit policy of “passporting” cuts to front-line services that no longer have ring-fenced grants, it has been revealed.

Budget documents discussed on Tuesday said: “The council has a well established policy that where specific grants fall out or are reduced then the services they support should contract accordingly. This policy will continue,” the paper said.

This means that funding for Sure Start centres and short breaks for disabled children would be cut despite the council having the option of subsidising the programme from other funding streams.

Elsewhere, other councils, such as Nottingham and Newcastle City Councils, are passporting on cuts made to their Supporting People funding.

The move comes despite communities secretary Eric Pickles stating in October that he was “removing the ring fence to ensure councils can make their own choices about making the most of this money” and make choices on local needs.

Suffolk declined to comment.

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