Council cuts: worst is yet to come for Dorset

COUNCIL chiefs have warned even tougher times could lie ahead as they backed a further £10.9million of cuts at a meeting this morning.

Members of Dorset County Council’s cabinet supported a budget to go before full council next week that includes £10.9m of new savings on top of £5.6m of ongoing savings and £3m from central budgets.

Despite the cuts to services, Dorset residents at least appear set to enjoy a freeze in the county council’s share of the council tax for a third year running.

Areas identified for savings in the coming year include public transport, museum grants and road safety funding.

Chief financial officer Paul Kent warned councillors that, having identified the bulk of savings for the 2013/14 financial year, the authority’s attention must now turn to how it can trim its budget in future years.

The council currently expects to have to find estimated savings of £13.5m in 2014/15 and £13.2m the following year.

Mr Kent said: “Our priority must be to focus on services required in future years to ensure we can provide the most cost effective services for the people of Dorset with the resources available to us.”

Cabinet member for corporate resources Spencer Flower added: “We have got challenges beyond this year coming up that are probably even greater than the ones we have had.

“It is going to be more challenging as this process goes along.”

Council leader Angus Campbell said the way the authority approached its budgets had changed ‘fundamentally’ and warned the period of austerity could continue for some time to come.

He said: “Well into the next national administration there are going to be austerity issues and we can’t see them and we can’t see the scale of them.”

Coun Campbell also praised the efforts of Dorset County Council staff for their efforts in continuing to ensure services were delivered despite fewer resources.

He said: “There is an awful lot of work being done by far fewer people.”

The budget will now be presented to a full meeting of the council on Thursday next week.

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3:36pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Baywolf says...

Again outsourcing public sector services to the private sector is a failing to provide professional services to the public as it is done on a cheap tender for max profit staff outsourced will have to take a pay cut for their contracts. Maintain the public services but scale down costs from the top not the bottom.
Again outsourcing public sector services to the private sector is a failing to provide professional services to the public as it is done on a cheap tender for max profit staff outsourced will have to take a pay cut for their contracts. Maintain the public services but scale down costs from the top not the bottom. Baywolf
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4:33pm Wed 6 Feb 13

s-pb2 says...

This is very worrying. Dorset are putting the lives of the vulnerable at risk, young and old, just to get a pat on the back from Eric Pickles. Council tax levels cannot possibly be sustained at the same levels yet again when so many more vulnerable people are needing local authority help just to live.
This is very worrying. Dorset are putting the lives of the vulnerable at risk, young and old, just to get a pat on the back from Eric Pickles. Council tax levels cannot possibly be sustained at the same levels yet again when so many more vulnerable people are needing local authority help just to live. s-pb2
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5:10pm Wed 6 Feb 13

l'anglais says...

The most worrying is that the rich milking the less well off when times are rosy.
Then when the bubble bursts, not willing to help out the society that built up their personal wealth.
I'm all right jack, pull up the ladder.
The most worrying is that the rich milking the less well off when times are rosy. Then when the bubble bursts, not willing to help out the society that built up their personal wealth. I'm all right jack, pull up the ladder. l'anglais
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5:16pm Wed 6 Feb 13

rayc says...

How much money did the Council loose in taking the risk to put its money in Iceland?
How much money did the Council loose in taking the risk to put its money in Iceland? rayc
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5:17pm Wed 6 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

Why not have done with it and give every resident a bin bag and tell them to get out and clean the streets?

Ohhh and while we are at it.....we will pay you for the privilege of doing it.
Why not have done with it and give every resident a bin bag and tell them to get out and clean the streets? Ohhh and while we are at it.....we will pay you for the privilege of doing it. BIGTONE
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6:14pm Wed 6 Feb 13

live-and-let-live says...

why did poole council spend 1000's of pounds tidying a patch of land outside the dolphin swimming pool? why do they spend 1000's on excessive road signs, traffic lights etc? why do they pay themselves huge salaries and bonus's? in my house, i save money by not spending it. why cant the councils do the same? making cuts to services is totally unnecessary.
why did poole council spend 1000's of pounds tidying a patch of land outside the dolphin swimming pool? why do they spend 1000's on excessive road signs, traffic lights etc? why do they pay themselves huge salaries and bonus's? in my house, i save money by not spending it. why cant the councils do the same? making cuts to services is totally unnecessary. live-and-let-live
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6:32pm Wed 6 Feb 13

jimmyjimmy says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
why did poole council spend 1000's of pounds tidying a patch of land outside the dolphin swimming pool? why do they spend 1000's on excessive road signs, traffic lights etc? why do they pay themselves huge salaries and bonus's? in my house, i save money by not spending it. why cant the councils do the same? making cuts to services is totally unnecessary.
This is so right. I work as a contractor and much or our work comes at this time of the year when the local authorities need to spend what is left of their budget. not doing myself any favours but councils waste thousands on projects that just dont need doing just so they justify existance. the work outside the dolphin centre must off cost £200,000 plus. in difficult times would any member of the public spend that on some slabs and turf? the list is endless and a millions gets wasted. If however the councils stop wating money then many local companies will be bankrupt and the staff claiming benefit? not sure what is needed to resolve?
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: why did poole council spend 1000's of pounds tidying a patch of land outside the dolphin swimming pool? why do they spend 1000's on excessive road signs, traffic lights etc? why do they pay themselves huge salaries and bonus's? in my house, i save money by not spending it. why cant the councils do the same? making cuts to services is totally unnecessary.[/p][/quote]This is so right. I work as a contractor and much or our work comes at this time of the year when the local authorities need to spend what is left of their budget. not doing myself any favours but councils waste thousands on projects that just dont need doing just so they justify existance. the work outside the dolphin centre must off cost £200,000 plus. in difficult times would any member of the public spend that on some slabs and turf? the list is endless and a millions gets wasted. If however the councils stop wating money then many local companies will be bankrupt and the staff claiming benefit? not sure what is needed to resolve? jimmyjimmy
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8:05am Thu 7 Feb 13

cathyfranklin says...

If the council cut all the non jobs out of its system then cuts to the public would not need to be made. Jobs like diversity officer, rubbish bin inspector etc etc...what a load of tosh, we did without these jobs for years and years so why do we need them now? most of them around around the 40k mark also and given to thier mates. So scrap all these stupid made up titles just so thier mates have a job and maybe there would be a bit more money in the pot. And if they stopped bodging jobs also by getting things done on the cheap that would save alot of money. The other day for example, council worker throwing a load of gravel into a pot hole, whats that about? cheap cover up but will cost more in the long run. North Dorset council have no idea how to save money as no one sits on the table with any common sense. Leave to vunerable and poor alone and look on your own doorstep at your HQ and see where real waste is going!!!
If the council cut all the non jobs out of its system then cuts to the public would not need to be made. Jobs like diversity officer, rubbish bin inspector etc etc...what a load of tosh, we did without these jobs for years and years so why do we need them now? most of them around around the 40k mark also and given to thier mates. So scrap all these stupid made up titles just so thier mates have a job and maybe there would be a bit more money in the pot. And if they stopped bodging jobs also by getting things done on the cheap that would save alot of money. The other day for example, council worker throwing a load of gravel into a pot hole, whats that about? cheap cover up but will cost more in the long run. North Dorset council have no idea how to save money as no one sits on the table with any common sense. Leave to vunerable and poor alone and look on your own doorstep at your HQ and see where real waste is going!!! cathyfranklin
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8:57am Thu 7 Feb 13

Hessenford says...

With the problems of the last 4 years I have yet to see one single penpushing job disappear to save money, then I suppose it's easier to let ordinary people suffer so these non job types can sit in their centrally heated office playing on their laptops.
With the problems of the last 4 years I have yet to see one single penpushing job disappear to save money, then I suppose it's easier to let ordinary people suffer so these non job types can sit in their centrally heated office playing on their laptops. Hessenford
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11:54am Mon 11 Feb 13

cj07589 says...

They all deserve big pay rises and lovely inflation adjusted pensions don't let us in austerity hold you back.
They all deserve big pay rises and lovely inflation adjusted pensions don't let us in austerity hold you back. cj07589
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