Will councils face 10 per cent funding cut next year?

Bournemouth Echo: Will councils face 10 per cent funding cut next year? Will councils face 10 per cent funding cut next year?

Local councils face a 10 per cent cut in funding from central government as part of the coalition's spending plans for 2015/16, according to a BBC report.

The BBC says Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has accepted that the £21bn budget could be reduced by this amount in next week's spending review.

In return, Mr Pickles may take charge of road and public health budgets - which also contribute to council funding - and be able to make savings in areas where there are overlaps.

It could mean that some health spending would no longer be protected from cuts, the BBC says.

On Wednesday Mr Pickles met Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to work through the details.

Last month the Local Government Association estimated that a 10% cut in spending would mean an average council having to find another £30m of savings on top of existing cuts.

"In order to achieve that cut, it would have to reduce spending on a broad combination of non-statutory services which might include children's centres, museums and sports centres, as well as reduce road maintenance budgets, increase bus fares and switch off street lights between midnight and dawn," the LGA said.

Bournemouth council leader John Beesley was among those who signed a letter to the government  last week calling for an end to cuts. 

The letter warned that cuts imposed during this government “cannot be repeated without it having a serious impact on local services and people”.

But the BBC says Whitehall sources say local government spending power would not be reduced by 10% under these proposals because town halls do not just get their funding from central government, but also from business rates and council tax.

 

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9:50am Fri 21 Jun 13

BIGTONE says...

The letter warned that cuts imposed during this government “cannot be repeated without it having a serious impact on local services and people”.

Common speak.......you are making it harder to justify our positions with less control.
The letter warned that cuts imposed during this government “cannot be repeated without it having a serious impact on local services and people”. Common speak.......you are making it harder to justify our positions with less control. BIGTONE

9:57am Fri 21 Jun 13

justsayithowitis says...

Make people on benefits pay full council tax. The ones I know have a much higher disposable income than I have. If you can afford to run a car, smoke and drink then pay your way (with my money)
Make people on benefits pay full council tax. The ones I know have a much higher disposable income than I have. If you can afford to run a car, smoke and drink then pay your way (with my money) justsayithowitis

10:22am Fri 21 Jun 13

UrbanCrab says...

"In order to achieve that cut, it would have to reduce spending on a broad combination of non-statutory services which might include children's centres, museums and sports centres, as well as reduce road maintenance budgets, increase bus fares and switch off street lights between midnight and dawn," the LGA said.

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Bournemouth council leader John Beesley was among those who signed a letter to the government last week calling for an end to cuts.


Notice that excessive fees for consultants, high expenses claims, lavish waste, local corruption, irresponsible and unjustified spending (ie IMAX, Surf Reef etc), top heavy and unaccountable executive etc etc are not on the list of cuts to save money, instead we get cuts to non statutory services.

Thanks Mr Beesley for signing this letter and giving us insight into which direction you are taking our council.
"In order to achieve that cut, it would have to reduce spending on a broad combination of non-statutory services which might include children's centres, museums and sports centres, as well as reduce road maintenance budgets, increase bus fares and switch off street lights between midnight and dawn," the LGA said. . . Bournemouth council leader John Beesley was among those who signed a letter to the government last week calling for an end to cuts. Notice that excessive fees for consultants, high expenses claims, lavish waste, local corruption, irresponsible and unjustified spending (ie IMAX, Surf Reef etc), top heavy and unaccountable executive etc etc are not on the list of cuts to save money, instead we get cuts to non statutory services. Thanks Mr Beesley for signing this letter and giving us insight into which direction you are taking our council. UrbanCrab

12:14pm Fri 21 Jun 13

muscliffman says...

UrbanCrab wrote:
"In order to achieve that cut, it would have to reduce spending on a broad combination of non-statutory services which might include children's centres, museums and sports centres, as well as reduce road maintenance budgets, increase bus fares and switch off street lights between midnight and dawn," the LGA said.

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Bournemouth council leader John Beesley was among those who signed a letter to the government last week calling for an end to cuts.


Notice that excessive fees for consultants, high expenses claims, lavish waste, local corruption, irresponsible and unjustified spending (ie IMAX, Surf Reef etc), top heavy and unaccountable executive etc etc are not on the list of cuts to save money, instead we get cuts to non statutory services.

Thanks Mr Beesley for signing this letter and giving us insight into which direction you are taking our council.
Well put, there would be no need for any public service cuts if they stopped spending vast sums on ill considered, dodgy projects and most particularly themselves.

In fact frontline services could probably be vastly improved, even after these central funding cuts if many of the unaccountable overpaid Town Hall fat-cats were sent packing - and of course without those generous severance and/or gagging orders!

All this latest fuss has nothing to do with any real need to disadvantage the public by trimming services and everything to do with the bloated Town Hall fat cats trying to save themselves. Seriously do WE really have to employ anyone at all in a risk free Town Hall job on more than £50,000/year plus life time pension?
[quote][p][bold]UrbanCrab[/bold] wrote: "In order to achieve that cut, it would have to reduce spending on a broad combination of non-statutory services which might include children's centres, museums and sports centres, as well as reduce road maintenance budgets, increase bus fares and switch off street lights between midnight and dawn," the LGA said. . . Bournemouth council leader John Beesley was among those who signed a letter to the government last week calling for an end to cuts. Notice that excessive fees for consultants, high expenses claims, lavish waste, local corruption, irresponsible and unjustified spending (ie IMAX, Surf Reef etc), top heavy and unaccountable executive etc etc are not on the list of cuts to save money, instead we get cuts to non statutory services. Thanks Mr Beesley for signing this letter and giving us insight into which direction you are taking our council.[/p][/quote]Well put, there would be no need for any public service cuts if they stopped spending vast sums on ill considered, dodgy projects and most particularly themselves. In fact frontline services could probably be vastly improved, even after these central funding cuts if many of the unaccountable overpaid Town Hall fat-cats were sent packing - and of course without those generous severance and/or gagging orders! All this latest fuss has nothing to do with any real need to disadvantage the public by trimming services and everything to do with the bloated Town Hall fat cats trying to save themselves. Seriously do WE really have to employ anyone at all in a risk free Town Hall job on more than £50,000/year plus life time pension? muscliffman

2:53pm Fri 21 Jun 13

smhinto says...

The likely blow-back from all this is one will see an increase in police speed traps. Up here in Lincolnshire a friend of mine who is a policeman informed me that the local council had instructed the police to step up their speed enforment programme in an attempt to increase revenue.
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Don't you just love them!
The likely blow-back from all this is one will see an increase in police speed traps. Up here in Lincolnshire a friend of mine who is a policeman informed me that the local council had instructed the police to step up their speed enforment programme in an attempt to increase revenue. . Don't you just love them! smhinto

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