DORSET County Council has voted through the latest wave of cuts.

Council leader Angus Campbell warned that the £15million of savings the council had cut from its budget for the coming financial year would be felt more than the £28m it had saved this year.

The council had already earmarked £9.4million of savings for 2012/13 and councillors were asked to consider a further £5.6million to produce a balanced budget for the coming year.

These new savings included reductions in funding of sports, arts and museums as well as cuts to the council’s community safety team.

In his annual budget speech Councillor Campbell warned: “We have just been through an extraordinarily difficult year of revenue budget reduction and, as we know, the process is set to continue.

“The numbers required for this year may be smaller but the implications for the services we are trying to protect are much increased.”

Cllr Campbell said the spending cuts so far had seen the council lose the equivalent of around 500 full time posts.

The proposed budget faced strong opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors, who voted against it, but the authority’s Conservative majority saw it voted through.