Council bosses have warned of the effects of £300 million worth of county hall funding cuts.
Finance chiefs at Lancashire County Council say the authority is entering an “even more challenging” period having introduced cuts of £222 million over the past three years.
The county council receives the majority of Hyndburn residents’ council tax and funds major areas including roads, schools and libraries.
The completed four-year strategy is expected to be considered by the full county council in February 2014.
Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson is worried about the impact of the possible funding cuts from central government.
He said: “It’s of deep concern, any council like ourselves is sharing the same level of percentage cuts but of course £300 million is a huge amount of cuts to make.
“You can’t take £300 million out the of county council without affecting services but we hope like us they will be seeking to protect frontline services.”
The projected cuts equate to 38 per cent of the county’s budget.
Conservative group leader Peter Britcliffe was sceptical about the levels of the cuts being suggested.
He said: “Every council has difficult decisions to make and I think it’s wrong to speculate on what will happen but what has to be done is frontline services must be protected.”
County council leader Jennifer Mein, said they were developing a strategy for delivering the savings.
But she warned: “This won’t be a case of simply delivering the same services on a slightly smaller scale. We will have to do something more radical to enable the council to continue serving residents effectively, with an emphasis on those in most need.”