CITY council chiefs visited Whitehall to discuss the impact of the recent Local Government Finance Settlement for York.

Council leader James Alexander and senior council officials met with minister Nick Boles yesterday at the Department for Communities and Local Government. They also had talks on the council’s work to create a Local Plan for the city, in line with the new national policy approach.

Between 2007 and 2014 the council will have made savings of £80 million. Emphasising this has affected service provision already, Coun Alexander voiced concerns that the next two years will see even greater impact on services, and to the most vulnerable people in the city. The warning came with a prediction that the spending review expected to be announced for 2013 will confirm further cuts, taking the council beyond efficiencies and different delivery models and into a reduction in the services it can deliver.