Autumn budget means more cuts

THE Chancellor’s Autumn Statement will signal less money and more cuts for vital front-line services.

That’s the pessimistic forecast of a Bury Council’s finance spokesman who says the statement means “more bad news for local government and more bad news for Bury Council.”

Speaking at last Wednesday’s full council meeting, Labour’s cabinet member for finance and resources, Cllr Tony Isherwood, pictured, said: “Local government was already facing cuts in funding of around 25 per cent in the first four years of this Con Dem coalition and the Autumn Statement simply made this worse, with the Chancellor taking a further two per cent off local government for 2014-15, meaning that a colossal £445 million will be stripped out of the amount that the Government contributes towards local services.

“Despite being only two months away from setting our budget, we still have no idea what Government grant we’ll be getting for 2013-14, we still don’t know precisely what the Government’s rules will be for the localisation of business rates and they haven’t even bothered to tell us what our rates base will be.”

Cllr Isherwood added: “This means that it is impossible to say what the effect of the additional two per cent cut will be in 2014-15 because we don’t yet know what the starting point for that year will be.”

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7:17pm Fri 28 Dec 12

M rRadcliffe person says...

THEY CAN SAVE MONEY BY NOT GIVING THE BIN MEN IPADS.I ASK YOU DO THE BIN MEN NEED AN IPAD WHAT A STUPID SILLY THING AND BY NOT ISSUING THEM THEY SAVE LOADS OF MONEY
THEY CAN SAVE MONEY BY NOT GIVING THE BIN MEN IPADS.I ASK YOU DO THE BIN MEN NEED AN IPAD WHAT A STUPID SILLY THING AND BY NOT ISSUING THEM THEY SAVE LOADS OF MONEY M rRadcliffe person
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12:23pm Sat 29 Dec 12

new_lizard says...

would you rather they ticked off each collection on pen and paper for 80,000 houses in the area? The council could save money by stopping giving handouts to the workshy of Radcliffe
would you rather they ticked off each collection on pen and paper for 80,000 houses in the area? The council could save money by stopping giving handouts to the workshy of Radcliffe new_lizard
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9:08pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Babbar Divino says...

What handouts do the council give to the "workshy of Radcliffe"?

On the subject of the iPads. I agree with giving the bin men technology but don't agree that iPad is the correct equipment. They are not rugged enough. I'd like to know how many have been broken?
What handouts do the council give to the "workshy of Radcliffe"? On the subject of the iPads. I agree with giving the bin men technology but don't agree that iPad is the correct equipment. They are not rugged enough. I'd like to know how many have been broken? Babbar Divino
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