Cumbria council facing 600 job losses
Last updated at 11:36, Thursday, 17 October 2013
More than 600 jobs could be lost at Cumbria council over the next three years as it bids to make massive savings.
The losses will be made by voluntary redundancy, where possible.
The shock figure emerged this morning as the county council unveiled plans to make £24.4 million savings in the coming financial year.
Among the proposals are cuts to the fire service, introduction of on-street parking charges, charging for parking permits and cutting funding for subsidised bus routes.
Reductions in central government funding mean the county council has to cut £80m over the next three years – on top of £88m saved in the last three.
The authority needs to make the £24.4m savings during 2014/15 and this morning unveiled its budget consultation document.
Members of the cabinet are considering the report, which marks the start of public consultation on where cuts could be made. Those talks are due to run until January 20.
As well as internal savings, the county council’s consultation document, which identifies £40m savings over three years, leaving £40m more to be found, proposes:
Reforming Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, including reviewing crew arrangements and removing one of the two fire appliances at fire stations in Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Penrith and Kendal. Saving = £540,000
Charging £25 for residents’ parking permits. Saving = £250,000 during 2014/2015
Cutting subsidised home-to-school/college transport for all 16 to 19-year-olds, which is a non-statutory service. Saving = £350,000 in first year
Cutting funding for subsidised bus routes. Saving = £1.9m in 2014/2015
Below inflation council tax rise of two per cent. Saving = £1.8m in first year
Council leader Stewart Young told the meeting the situation "has been challenging and it will continue to be challenging."
In the document, the council says: “The council has seen its funding reduced significantly and has already delivered savings of £88m – 2011/12 to 2013/14.
“Reductions in government funding mean further savings of almost £80m are needed over the next three years (2014/15 to 2016/17).
“All told, the savings add up to one in every four pounds which the council used to receive to pay for local services.
“The council will continue to do everything possible to minimise reductions to front line services by working more efficiently and reducing management and administrative costs.
“The scale of the savings which the council needs to make though, mean management and administrative savings alone will not be enough.
“This means the council has had to look closely at the services it delivers in the future and how and where it will need to do things differently to balance its budget with the limited resources available.”
Following public consultation, the draft budget will be presented to the full council for consideration on February 13, 2014.
First published at 11:35, Thursday, 17 October 2013
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I live up Hindpool on one of the streets which has 2 hours free parking and the need for residents to have a permit. Like Vexed, if i am to pay for my permit i want my street to be permit only so all residents are guaranteed a space as the public clog up the street for town shopping.The amount of times i've arrived home with a boot full of shopping and a toddler and had to park a street away from my own doorstep. I will refuse to pay this fee unless residents are consulted and we are assured that our streets are for us and not the public!
Get rid of the fatcats. e.g. Stewart Young
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