Bournemouth council to cut share of council tax bills for second year to support "squeezed" households

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth council to cut share of council tax bills for second year to support "squeezed" households Bournemouth council to cut share of council tax bills for second year to support "squeezed" households

BOURNEMOUTH council is cutting its share of council tax bills for a second year, to ensure residents do not have to pay any extra.

The council has decided to absorb increases agreed by Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue to freeze overall council tax bills for a fourth successive year.

Cllr Beesley, leader of the council, said it was “unhelpful” that Dorset Police and Dorset Fire Authority had chosen to raise their precents by 1.96 per cent and 1.93 per cent respectively.

But he said Bournemouth would reduce their share of bills by 0.4 per cent to support “squeezed” households.

Last year, Bournemouth council cut its share of the council tax by 0.7 per cent to absorb precept rises of 8.2 per cent and 1.95 per cent by fire and police respectively.

Bournemouth’s Government grant is being cut by 10.63 per cent in 2014/15, giving the council almost £7.4million less to spend on services.

Further grant reductions are expected in 2015/16, which will mean an overall reduction of 47 per cent between 2010 and 2015/6.

Cllr Beesley said: “Despite these severely challenging times, our approach and persistence allows us to continue to provide quality services to all residents, and in particular to address the issues that are of greatest important to those who live in our town – making Bournemouth safer, protecting vulnerable adults and children, improving the amenities of the town, increasing the availability of quality housing that is affordable, and regenerating the borough’s most deprived areas.”

The biggest strain on Bournemouth’s budget is adult and children’s social care, which in 2014/15 will account for 64 per cent of the council’s entire budget. “We will continue to press the Government for a national solution to the provision and funding of adult social care,” said Cllr Beesley.

“This is all the more urgent in Bournemouth with higher than average numbers of older people, many of whom, in due course, will run out of funds to sustain their own care packages and will look to the local authority for help.”

The proposed budget will go before cabinet next Tuesday (FEB 18) and full council on Tuesday, February 25.

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1:52pm Fri 14 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ?
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For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care.
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No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes.
I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ? . For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care. . No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes. BmthNewshound
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2:54pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ?
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For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care.
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No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes.
Why should there be a small increase, my wages haven't increased at all for almost five years, I cant go to my employer and order him to give me a rise so why should councils have the power to order me to pay extra, I have to live within my means and cut down on certain things to pay my bills,
No good Bournemouth Council moaning about lack of funds when they blow £3 million on sandbags for the surf reef that never worked, £8 million on the Imax and more recently on a stupid sigh across the spur road, if they hadn't wasted these millions perhaps we would now be looking at a council tax reduction.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ? . For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care. . No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes.[/p][/quote]Why should there be a small increase, my wages haven't increased at all for almost five years, I cant go to my employer and order him to give me a rise so why should councils have the power to order me to pay extra, I have to live within my means and cut down on certain things to pay my bills, No good Bournemouth Council moaning about lack of funds when they blow £3 million on sandbags for the surf reef that never worked, £8 million on the Imax and more recently on a stupid sigh across the spur road, if they hadn't wasted these millions perhaps we would now be looking at a council tax reduction. Hessenford
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2:54pm Fri 14 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

This doesnt make sense it wasnt long ago that the Echo were reporting that Childrens Social Care were something like £1m over budget because of the big increases in the number of children coming into care. That number is still increasing, yet they expect the department to work with even less money than last year!

Still at least there is an illuminated sign on the Wessex Way and an events arena by the beach, I guess the crippling shortage of funds in Social Care doesnt actually matter
This doesnt make sense it wasnt long ago that the Echo were reporting that Childrens Social Care were something like £1m over budget because of the big increases in the number of children coming into care. That number is still increasing, yet they expect the department to work with even less money than last year! Still at least there is an illuminated sign on the Wessex Way and an events arena by the beach, I guess the crippling shortage of funds in Social Care doesnt actually matter s-pb2
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8:25am Sat 15 Feb 14

Phixer says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ?
.
For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care.
.
No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes.
It shouldn't be too difficult to find a way of recovering 0.4%, probably by reducing unnecessary staffing and their associated costs. Sacking one or two spendthrift councillors would go a long way.

I pay BBC to empty the bins, clean the roads and repair street lights - nothing more, nothing less - not to act as a commercial bank or run retail properties.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry Beesley but your numbers just don't add up. When will people wake up to the fact that Beesley is bankrupting Bournemouth. What happens when the money runs out ? . For years I've said that the Councils policy of encouraging older people to retire to Bournemouth was creating a demographic time-bomb. Finally it seems that Beesley has finally woken up to the fact that the Council will struggle to be able to fund elderly care. . No one likes bills going up but surely it makes sense to have small annual increases in Council Tax rather than have to face larger increases in future years when the reserves run out and the demographic time bomb explodes.[/p][/quote]It shouldn't be too difficult to find a way of recovering 0.4%, probably by reducing unnecessary staffing and their associated costs. Sacking one or two spendthrift councillors would go a long way. I pay BBC to empty the bins, clean the roads and repair street lights - nothing more, nothing less - not to act as a commercial bank or run retail properties. Phixer
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