Highways maintenance funding - Double click to enlarge
Ward committee budget - click to enlarge
Sad, but not surprising, to see the Labour spin machine at work in The Press. Some of the figures quoted in articles about the Council budget are just plain wrong.
Highways maintence expenditure is reducing by a massive 56%. The effect on the safety of our roads and footpaths will be dramatic
Similarly Ward Committee expenditure – on projects like security patrols, CCTV and improved parking arrangements and which have been prioritised by York Residents – will be reduced by an unprecidented 65%.
Click the calculations right – which have been verified by the Councils professional officers – for details.
The savings are not being used to help the less well off.
They will fund the interest payments on vanity projects like the £20 million borrowing on a “re-energise York” programme as well as the Council Leaders personal £1 million pa “delivery and imnnovation” slush fund.
Labour are proposing to reduce the number of streets that are treated with salt. A £10,000 a year budget cut means that fewer areas will see gritters in future, although Labour are not saying which streets will lose the service.
Coming in the wake of a weekend when the existing gritting provision was put under enormous pressure, fears have been raised that the move will lead to more accidents.
The Council also plan to leave salt bins out on the streets for 12 months of the year, prompting fears that they will be vandalised. The bins are normally placed in the Council depot in summer where they are repaired and refurbished.
The new Council budget will allow bins to be filled only 3 times a year in future.
The Council are however finding £500,000 as their share of a £6million plan to extend the Art Gallery
These are some of the services that the Council admits will get worst as a result of the proposed budget cuts.
Labours proposed public service cuts. Double click to enlarge
Summary of cuts being made by the Labour Council. double click to enlarge
A summary of where public services cuts will be made over the next couple of years has been published by the Council. It reveals the split by department.
It admits that £1.87 million in 2012/13 will come from “service cuts” while claiming that another £5.4 million represents “efficiency savings”.
On close examination many of the “efficiencies” are no such thing. They are cuts in service standards.
Reproduced below is a list of some of them.
We will publish a list of the cuts that the Council is now admitting to shortly.
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Beckfield Lane recycling centre
The Labour controlled Council has announced that they are closing the Beckfield Lane recycling centre.
The centre was due to have been replaced by a new “Salvage and Re-use centre” at Harewood Whin but this to has also now been cut from the Councils plans.
The decisions are bad news generally for York Council Taxpayers as the amount of rubbish land filled is likely to increase. This in turn will mean taxpayers facing a bigger bill for, the rapidly escalating, “landfill tax”.
The Acomb side of the City has done particularly badly out of the cuts imposed by the Labour administration. The Acomb Office is set to close later this month and the number 4 ftr bus service will be scrapped in May.
Hugh reductions in the amount spent on the elderly, children’s play and other neighbourhood improvements are also being implemented as ward committee budgets are slashed by nearly half.
Instead, Labour are pouring money into the City centre with gimmicks, like an extended “WiFi zone” and a £100,000 pay on exit arrangement at one car park, sucking funds away from other parts of the City.
NB. Car parking charges are set to rise by 20p an hour for York residents. The increase of between 12% (short stay) and 18% (long stay) is the largest in the City since Labour were last in power in April 2003.
Labour are announcing today their Council budget for the next 2 years.
• Council Tax up by 2.9% in April 2012 and at least 2.0% more from April 2013 (£54 pa)
• Council House rents up by 7.4%
• Business rates up by 5.8%
• Water and sewage up by 6.1%
• Car parking charges up
• 8% cut in grants for voluntary sector
• 200 jobs to go over next 2 years
• Council to borrow £20 million more
• £2.8 million in public service standard cuts over 24 months.
• £5.4M a year in “efficiency” improvements
• Libraries to be outsourced
• More to pay for increased numbers requiring elderly care and for looked after children
• £100k for consultants to prepare a “bus contract”
As the Council budget crisis deepens, Councillors are set to scrap a series of Ward Committee funded repair and renewal schemes across the City. As much as 32% of this years (11/12) ward committee budget could be slashed with further cuts expected during the next 12 months.
We understand that in Westfield the provision made for the repair and improvement of children’s play facilities has been scrapped, together with funding for older persons activities and the renewal of street signs. This comes on top of the previous decision to stop community ranger security patrols.
In total £11,500 is being cut from the £40,000 budget.
Across the City nearly £168,000 is being axed, with one ward apparently facing an 80% reduction.
The panic move comes after newly elected Labour Councillors failed in the summer to get to grips with escalating wage costs particularly in the care services. Over £20,000 is now being spent each year on a newly created “community safety” cabinet post allocated to a Labour Councillor. £38,000 extra is being spent funding Trades Union shop steward posts.
Hopes for playground improvements dashed
On Tuesday the Liberal Democrat Council Executive agreed its budget proposals for 2010/11. The budget is designed to help prepare York for the economic recovery, while ensuring investment in vital services such as adult and children’s social care.
In preparing our budget we were also very keen to ensure we responded to the city wide budget consultation which went out in December.
Some of the budget highlights include:
Transport: To help boost the city centre economy, car parking charges will be frozen as will Park and Ride charges. Everyone except the owners of the most polluting vehicles will see ResPark charges frozen while charges for visitors to ResPark areas will be cut from £1.10 to 90p.
There will be more congestion busting improvements to the outer ring road. Following the completion of improvements to the Hopgrove roundabout there will be improvements to the A19 and A59 roundabouts.
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