RCT council’s leader says the authority must slash a massive £26m from its budget next year with every single service being put under scrutiny.
Cllr. Andrew Morgan said further ‘brutal’ cuts will have to be on a ‘much bigger scale’ than the first two phases of sweeping cuts to public services which have only saved £8m.
He also warned that every single one of the authority’s services is being reviewed, and that he is asking council staff and the general public for their ideas to save money.
Well, if he’s asking let’s tell him!
Phase One and Two have already suggested or implemented cuts to school admission arrangements, meals on wheels, libraries, youth provision, day centres, adult social care, heritage services, arts and culture, bus routes, paddling pools, leisure and street lighting.
“We have cut about £8m so far, and we’ve just been informed by the Welsh Government to expect bigger cuts to funding next year, because of significant decreases to their funding.
“So while we thought we would have to save maybe £20m next year, it is now more likely to be closer to £26m.
“So we therefore have to cut about 20-25% from the remainder of our budget, for non-statutory and non-protected services.
“We’ll also be looking at doing some more public engagement, where people can put suggestions to senior members face-to-face.
“If people put forward a daft idea I’ll tell them, but if it’s something we can consider and is workable and we can save money then we’ll do it.
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