The 7 budget cuts that will affect people in Hartlepool the most

Libraries will be among the services affected.
Libraries will be among the services affected.

Council departments have tried to protect frontline services from the cuts by dipping into reserves, not filling vacant job posts, staff retirement and integrating some services.

Here is a summary of savings that are expected to be felt most by people.

• £100,000 funding cut from the Public Health budget for medically assisted detox and residential rehab services, and efficiencies in drug and alcohol budget. The council hopes to minimise the impact by boosting interventions in the community.

• Some sport and recreation activities will end as part of £125,000 savings. Examples are free activities for children in council care, £1 free swim promotion and grant funding to clubs for new initiatives. The authority says it will still offer “an inclusive programme of activities”.

• Out of Hours Noise Nuisance Hotline. The out of hours service, which runs during the summer months, will be scrapped to save £13,000. The council says it will act on complaints during normal working hours.

• Stay Safe Stay Warm programme. The council’s funding support for the scheme run by the fire brigade will be cut from £25,000 to £10,000. The authority says the impact will be limited as the brigade explores more ways to support health through mainstream activities.

• Home to School Transport – £70,000 budget cut due to less demand than expected.

• Concessionary Bus Fares – £20,000 budget reduction. The council says costs of the “volatile budget” will be closely monitored.

• Libraries – Owton Manor Library will close on Tuesdays, Seaton Carew on Mondays and Throston Grange on Fridays. Various fees and charges will be increased after a review earlier this year to achieve £90,000 of savings.