WINCHESTER City Council is likely to cut jobs, services and more as its budget takes a huge hit from Covid.

Its budget for the next financial year is likely to be £3.7million less than this year.

Whilst civic chiefs set a ‘fully funded’ monetary plan in February 2020, the impact of the health crisis has seen significant additional costs as well as dramatic losses of income.

Councillor Neil Cutler, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and risk, said: "Winchester City Council, like all local authorities, is facing significant budget pressures.

"Our budget for 2021/2022 assumes a potential reduction in income of 20 per cent, but this could vary significantly depending on the pace of economic recovery and consumer confidence following the pandemic.

"This reduction in income will mean a c.£3m reduction in operating costs and the use of some reserves to balance the budget.

"With careful management, we will continue to deliver the priorities within our Council Plan, addressing the Climate Emergency, ensuring delivery of services and contributing to economic recovery."

The council says that its priorities set out in the April 2020 Council Plan remain unchanged.

On December 16, cabinet considered proposals for achieving a balanced budget for 2021/2022 and the budget will be set in February 2021.

Local residents and businesses who wish to comment on the proposals should visit: https://www.winchester.gov.uk/about/financial-documents/budget-consultation