Poole council ‘makes £2m profit’ despite no council tax rise

Bournemouth Echo: ‘PROFIT’: Poole Civic Centre ‘PROFIT’: Poole Civic Centre

IN the year that a 1.95 per cent council tax increase was fought off, Poole council generated a £2.057million ‘profit’.

Borough of Poole’s final accounts for 2013/14 show that a £2.4million budget surplus predicted in April 2013, ended up as just over £2m.

The Conservative administration of the hung council proposed a 1.94 per cent council tax rise in February 2013 which was outvoted at the budget meeting in favour of no increase.

Council leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson warned at the time that Poole was on the edge of a financial abyss while Liberal Democrat Cllr Phil Eades accused her of scaremongering.

He said: “It is extraordinary that the council could have made such a profit at the expense of residents of Poole at a time when the leader of the council told us we had to put up council tax just to stave off bankruptcy.

“Clearly this was not the case and it is nothing short of disgraceful that the leader should have tried scaring residents and indeed councillors into paying ever more tax.

“Residents of Poole must be very wary of believing financial forecasts from the leader of the council ever again.”

Cllr Atkinson said: “Over £1.7m of this surplus was predicted a year ago and is a result of our successful management of demand in adult social care and additional investment attracted from the NHS.

“The remaining surplus came from extra government funding which was not announced until April 2014. This long predicted surplus was regularly discussed last year by the council’s all-party budget working party. It forms an important part of the council’s financial strategy which continues to deliver the lowest council tax in Dorset.”

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12:07pm Fri 20 Jun 14

apm1954 says...

Well done to you all give yourselves a rise. Can we now have the grass cut ,
Well done to you all give yourselves a rise. Can we now have the grass cut , apm1954
  • Score: 12

12:27pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

So Poole council knew they had this surplus back in April but at that same time stated they had to close Mitchell House residential home in bid to save £750k. Nice!
So Poole council knew they had this surplus back in April but at that same time stated they had to close Mitchell House residential home in bid to save £750k. Nice! Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 13

1:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

losthope says...

Ah yes, "management of demand". Sounds so much nicer than 'cutting support for the most vulnerable' doesn't it? And it's not as if they're the ones who are affected when day care centres and nursing homes close, is it?
Ah yes, "management of demand". Sounds so much nicer than 'cutting support for the most vulnerable' doesn't it? And it's not as if they're the ones who are affected when day care centres and nursing homes close, is it? losthope
  • Score: 6

1:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

boyerboy says...

Can we now buy some land please for our travelling friends.......prefer
ably Giggers island or Pergins island perhaps ?
Can we now buy some land please for our travelling friends.......prefer ably Giggers island or Pergins island perhaps ? boyerboy
  • Score: 1

3:02pm Fri 20 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

I was under the impression Councils did their best to spend all their budget each year otherwise central government cuts the budget their given the following year? Thats why you always see a rush of road repairs just before April?
I was under the impression Councils did their best to spend all their budget each year otherwise central government cuts the budget their given the following year? Thats why you always see a rush of road repairs just before April? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Jo__Go says...

Indicative of many councillors and senior officers ... focussed inwards on maintaining their cushy lifestyles and empires, forgetting or wantonly ignoring the public they are supposed to serve. Priority 1, what's best for the council, priority 99, the folk that have to pay for their grand schemes and projects.
Indicative of many councillors and senior officers ... focussed inwards on maintaining their cushy lifestyles and empires, forgetting or wantonly ignoring the public they are supposed to serve. Priority 1, what's best for the council, priority 99, the folk that have to pay for their grand schemes and projects. Jo__Go
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Mike Pickering says...

2 million pounds ?
Please immediately build 20 new council houses.
2 million pounds ? Please immediately build 20 new council houses. Mike Pickering
  • Score: -2

5:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

DorsetFerret says...

Yer but... 25% 0f that is what was saved on the travellers site!
Yer but... 25% 0f that is what was saved on the travellers site! DorsetFerret
  • Score: -2

6:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

rubberbandman5 says...

Well done Poole Council, I noticed chubby Eades the toilet snatcher from Parkstone was upset the council tax could not go up to give him something to bang on about. Anything is better than the LIB DEMS facing the electorate and telling them eye ball to eye ball they refuse to give them a referendum on Europe.
Well done Poole Council, I noticed chubby Eades the toilet snatcher from Parkstone was upset the council tax could not go up to give him something to bang on about. Anything is better than the LIB DEMS facing the electorate and telling them eye ball to eye ball they refuse to give them a referendum on Europe. rubberbandman5
  • Score: 3

6:39pm Fri 20 Jun 14

johnbournemouth says...

Did some of this windfall revenue come from those outrageous meters all along public roads ie Sandbanks which we have already paid for ? I resent the way Poole council ( and others ) get away with it and will never pay to park on public roads when it is not in force to relieve congestion.
Did some of this windfall revenue come from those outrageous meters all along public roads ie Sandbanks which we have already paid for ? I resent the way Poole council ( and others ) get away with it and will never pay to park on public roads when it is not in force to relieve congestion. johnbournemouth
  • Score: -1

7:07pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Bandit3 says...

Time to resign Atkinson, your a joke
Time to resign Atkinson, your a joke Bandit3
  • Score: 0

7:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Bandit3 says...

Atkins, time you retired, Useless comes to mind. You wanted to put up council tax knowing how much was still in the kitty
Atkins, time you retired, Useless comes to mind. You wanted to put up council tax knowing how much was still in the kitty Bandit3
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Teddy 1 says...

Can we have our bigger rubbish bins back now!!
Can we have our bigger rubbish bins back now!! Teddy 1
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Fri 20 Jun 14

s-pb2 says...

From what ive heard they have made appalling cuts to services affecting the elderly, disabled and children, putting vulnerable people at risk. They should be using the profit to give those services a bit of a breather.
From what ive heard they have made appalling cuts to services affecting the elderly, disabled and children, putting vulnerable people at risk. They should be using the profit to give those services a bit of a breather. s-pb2
  • Score: -1

8:10am Sat 21 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

DorsetFerret wrote:
Yer but... 25% 0f that is what was saved on the travellers site!
That was coming out of this year's "budget", not last year's.
[quote][p][bold]DorsetFerret[/bold] wrote: Yer but... 25% 0f that is what was saved on the travellers site![/p][/quote]That was coming out of this year's "budget", not last year's. Carolyn43
  • Score: -3

9:52am Sat 21 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

Their income from the camera car spotting illegal parking will be cut with the new rules concerning those. But I'm sue the council will come up with others ways of getting money from the public to replace it.
Their income from the camera car spotting illegal parking will be cut with the new rules concerning those. But I'm sue the council will come up with others ways of getting money from the public to replace it. Carolyn43
  • Score: -4

2:14pm Sat 21 Jun 14

chrisii1991 says...

And continuously harass those who cant afford to pay their council tax! disgusting creatures the lot of them
And continuously harass those who cant afford to pay their council tax! disgusting creatures the lot of them chrisii1991
  • Score: -3

6:37pm Sat 21 Jun 14

rubberbandman5 says...

chrisii1991 comments the council continuously harass those who cant afford to pay their council tax. Perhaps social security should pay the council on behalf those that think bingo and lottery tickets are essential items.
I know, why don't we mug some pensioner who struggles to budget because chrisii thinks she's so high and mighty. Get real woman.
chrisii1991 comments the council continuously harass those who cant afford to pay their council tax. Perhaps social security should pay the council on behalf those that think bingo and lottery tickets are essential items. I know, why don't we mug some pensioner who struggles to budget because chrisii thinks she's so high and mighty. Get real woman. rubberbandman5
  • Score: 4

9:41pm Sat 21 Jun 14

chrisii1991 says...

Get real yourself! theres so many struggling to pay bills!! i suppose your perfectly healthy and have a job unlike a lot who are too sick to work and have had ESA stopped.And these people dont have lottery tickets,they cant even afford to feed themselves!
Get real yourself! theres so many struggling to pay bills!! i suppose your perfectly healthy and have a job unlike a lot who are too sick to work and have had ESA stopped.And these people dont have lottery tickets,they cant even afford to feed themselves! chrisii1991
  • Score: -2

1:57pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
I was under the impression Councils did their best to spend all their budget each year otherwise central government cuts the budget their given the following year? Thats why you always see a rush of road repairs just before April?
This is totally correct. I worked for the council ten years ago and was asked if I needed any training. I said no but was told we must spend the budget otherwise we won't get the same next year.
Staff are actively encouraged to do pointless courses just to spend money!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression Councils did their best to spend all their budget each year otherwise central government cuts the budget their given the following year? Thats why you always see a rush of road repairs just before April?[/p][/quote]This is totally correct. I worked for the council ten years ago and was asked if I needed any training. I said no but was told we must spend the budget otherwise we won't get the same next year. Staff are actively encouraged to do pointless courses just to spend money! Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 0

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