Dorset councils forced to slash £126million due to cuts in Governement funding as Unison warn 'far worse is yet to come'

SAVINGS: Bournemouth Town hall

TOUGH CHOICES: Bournemouth Council leader, John Beesley

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COUNCILS in Dorset have been forced to slash their budgets by more than £126million after dramatic cuts in Government funding.

The figures have been released by Unison, which is warning that “far worse is yet to come” following the latest spending round by the chancellor and a possible £5.6billion cuts planned by 2015/2016.

Data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government reveal that in the two financial years between 2010/2011 and 2012/2013, total government support for local authorities in England fell by almost £11billion. Councils in the south west have been affected dramatically with Dorset County Council losing £66.5m in central funding, Bournemouth Borough Council losing £34.84m and Poole council losing £17.4m.

Tanya Palmer, Unison South West regional manager, said: “These budget cuts are damaging, and hitting at the heart of what councils can deliver in terms of providing good quality services across the South West.

“Things like caring for the elderly and the vulnerable or picking up the bins and monitoring schools performance are now second priority areas, these are essential services that councils deliver across the region and these massive cuts threaten those and many other vital services.”

David Higgins, Unison branch secretary at Bournemouth Borough Council, said the cuts were “horrendous and never-ending”.

He said: “There are fewer and fewer people to do the work needed and constant redundancies.

“The figure of £126m in Dorset is a shock and I think politicians don’t always see what staff have to deal with on the frontline.”

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said that by the financial year 2015/2016 he estimates Bournemouth would have lost 50 per cent of the central grant the council was receiving before the government’s austerity measures.

He said: “Everybody has their budgets stretched so it is up to us as a council to work hard to ensure that make tough choices and do everything we can to maintain frontline services.”

  • Tomorrow we have a special report on Dorset County County’s mission to find an extra £48million in three years. Have you been affected by the local authority cuts?

If your services have been affected or you’ve lost your job as part of the cuts, let us know your views by commenting on bournemouthecho.co.uk or contacting Miriam Phillips in confidence using the details below.

Government cuts to funding in Dorset since 2010/2011

Dorset County Council: £66,539,000

Bournemouth Borough Council: £34,849,000

Borough of Poole Council: £17,460,000

Christchurch Council: £1,109,000

East Dorset: £1,012,000

North Dorset: £782,000

Purbeck: £725,000

West Dorset: £2,282,000

Weymouth & Portland: £2,124,000

total: £126,882,000

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12:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

rayc says...

Perhaps it is time for council's to look at their services and decide whether departments that for example decide the colour of beach huts are really a priority.
How many people in all the councils for example are so called Traffic Engineers? Do we need so many to cover a county the size of Dorset?
Perhaps it is time for council's to look at their services and decide whether departments that for example decide the colour of beach huts are really a priority. How many people in all the councils for example are so called Traffic Engineers? Do we need so many to cover a county the size of Dorset? rayc
  • Score: 5

12:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

smhinto says...

I believe that when any important decisions need to be made practically the whole of the Council's decision makers should be placed under house arrest !!
I believe that when any important decisions need to be made practically the whole of the Council's decision makers should be placed under house arrest !! smhinto
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

With these funding cutbacks it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all - the result is of course usually quite predictable.
With these funding cutbacks it always seems so immoral that the fattest 'piggies' at these publicly funded Council troughs are the very ones who decide which 'piggies' are not going to be fed at all - the result is of course usually quite predictable. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

It's the agenda of David and the posh boys to do away with Clown Hall's and have a small office to co-ordinate the finances and outsourced contracts.
It's the agenda of David and the posh boys to do away with Clown Hall's and have a small office to co-ordinate the finances and outsourced contracts. BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

11:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

smhinto wrote:
I believe that when any important decisions need to be made practically the whole of the Council's decision makers should be placed under house arrest !!
Seriously? When you consider there are council workers out there who decide on things like adapting a home for a disabled person, purchasing equipment to aid the deaf, allocate help to a person with learning disabilities in order for them to feed themselves or find a foster home for a child who has suffered from sexual abuse. Should we put those decision makers under house arrest too? Or are you just another anti-council troll who has as much comprehension as to what the council does as a councillor.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I believe that when any important decisions need to be made practically the whole of the Council's decision makers should be placed under house arrest !![/p][/quote]Seriously? When you consider there are council workers out there who decide on things like adapting a home for a disabled person, purchasing equipment to aid the deaf, allocate help to a person with learning disabilities in order for them to feed themselves or find a foster home for a child who has suffered from sexual abuse. Should we put those decision makers under house arrest too? Or are you just another anti-council troll who has as much comprehension as to what the council does as a councillor. s-pb2
  • Score: 1

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