LiveAS IT HAPPENED: Warrington budget 2014

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Summary

  • Councillors to vote on budget for 2014/15
  • Meeting set to start at 6.30pm at the Town Hall
  • Proposed budget includes £16.2 million in cuts for the coming year
  • Capital schemes put forward include loans to household for energy efficency works
  • Council tax looks set to rise by 1.98 per cent

7:40pm

THERE are no questions from the public and councillors or motions. 

Clr Steve Parish is appointed to the Liverpool Airport board on behalf of the council.

And that brings the meeting to a close.

7:38pm

THE budget has been passed unanimously.

7:35pm

NOW the budget is about to be voted on by each councillor.

7:30pm

LIB Dem leader Clr Ian Marks questioned the detail of the consultation.

He also praised the work done to help business growth by Warrington & Co and the Warrington Means Business programme which he says his adminstration had first started.

7:25pm

HE added support to capital projects but urged scrutiny over spending. 

Clr Kennedy added:"It is a great responsibility spending taxpayers money. We must always remember careless spending has a huge reputational cost."

7:20pm

HE said his party would support the budget.

7:17pm

THE Conservative leader Clr Paul Kennedy is now replying on behalf of his party.

7:15pm

BUT he calls on the administration to reallocate £100,000 in an executive fund not put forward for any project to be spent on reinstating £25,000 set to come from CSO budgets, money put towards charity and dealing with roads.

7:12pm

TALKING about the scheme to lend money to registered social landlords Clr Walker said: "Over the net three years potentially £500 million will be invested in local housing. Not all houses will be built in Warrington but will mean new houses and jobs for Warrington people."

7:06pm

HE says the Lib Dems will support the budget with some reservations.

7:03pm

NOW Clr Peter Walker will reply on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.

7:00pm

THERE are £30 million plans in capital funding out of a pot of £710 million to fund highways improvements over the coming years

6:56pm

CLR Bowden reiterates up to 75 posts will go but hopes most will be through job deletion when staff leave and voluntary redundancies - keeping compulsory job cuts to a minimum.

6:52pm

THIS year's cuts equate to £32 per head he adds. 

 

Last year I said we were at the end of salami slicing and that's born out by this budget. For the first time we are simply looking at stopping doing things the council has done.

Clr Russ Bowden

6:48pm

CLR Russ Bowden says since 2010/11 the council it has seen cuts of £74 million.

6:46pm

FOR the first time the budget vote will be a recorded one where each councillor votes individually under new Government rules.

6:44pm

COUNCILLORS approve a treasury management strategy unanimously and move quickly on to the budget debate.

 

6:43pm

 

It's been local authorities that have been protecting our communities from these savage cuts and it doesn't look like it's going to be over for the next few years.

Council leader Clr Terry O'Neill

6:41pm

COUNCIL leader Clr Terry O'Neill has said in his announcement councils across the country have all faced cuts from Government.

6:39pm

NOW to the Mayor's civic announcements highlighting the number of commemorative events he has attended including one marking the battle of Pieter's Hill.

6:37pm

THERE are also details of absent councillors including that of Clr Bennett - who had voted against the budget of his own party last year.

6:35pm

THE meeting starts with formalities including minutes of the previous meeting and declarations of any interest in topics to be discussed.

6:32pm

THE Mayor of Warrington Clr Peter Carey has now entered the chamber and the meeting is now under way with the Mayor's chaplain, the Rev Stephen Kingsnorth addressing councillors.

Warrington Guardian: New Mayor Clr Peter Carey

6:29pm

THE council chamber is starting to fill up for the meeting.

Last year's meeting saw Clr Kevin Bennett, one of the Labour-led adminstration's own councillors, vote against his party's budget.

Will there be any unexpected moves in tonight's meeting.

6:06pm

BUT there are still plans to invest in new projects including loans to households to help pay for energy efficency improvements.

And £200,000 will be invested in the crazy golf course at Walton Hall Gardens in the coming year.

6:03pm

UP to 75 jobs could be lost as the authority looks to fill the financial gap along with service redesigns.

5:59pm

THIS year's budget continues the trend of reduced funding which leaves the council with a £16.2 million deficit to fill.

Speaking as he presented the budget to the executive board Clr Russ Bowden, executive board member for corporate resources and assignments, said: “We have some £16.2 million worth of savings bearing in mind it comes on top of £50 million savings in previous years.


“That £16.2 million is only part of £50 million worth of savings we need to make over the next four years.


“We are looking at opportunities for income to mitigate the impact on some resources and decisions on service cuts."

Warrington Guardian: Clr Russ Bowden

5:56pm

COUNCILLORS will tonight vote on whether to approve the financial budget for the town for 2014/15 including setting the council tax for the coming year.

Comments (3)

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6:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

old-codger says...

Are the police on standby just in case someone votes against the rest.
Are the police on standby just in case someone votes against the rest. old-codger
  • Score: 2

8:08am Tue 4 Mar 14

PageA says...

What was the point of this live blog? Did we learn anything about what's being cut?
What was the point of this live blog? Did we learn anything about what's being cut? PageA
  • Score: 1

8:11am Tue 4 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Average Council Tax rise for English councils .....0.6%
Average Council Tax rise for English councils .....0.6% Nick Tessla
  • Score: 4

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