Council to cut £16m and increase council tax in Warrington

Council to cut £16m and increase council tax in Warrington

Council to cut £16m and increase council tax in Warrington

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RESIDENTS have been warned of difficult times ahead as councillors approved its budget which includes £16.2 million worth of cuts.

The financial plan for 2014/15 was unanimously approved by the council on Monday night.

But Clr Russ Bowden, executive board member for resources and assignments, said it was not an easy task having to deal with ever declining budget levels.

Since 2010 there has been a reduction of £74 million in council spending power alone and this year the cuts are the equivalent of £32 per person added Clr Bowden.

Council tax will rise by 1.98 per cent.

He said: “Last year I said we came to 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.

“There is no simple answer to some of these cuts, it means radical change.

“There will be cuts to funding to some of our valued partners in the town. Regardless of how we value them we can’t continue funding them at the level we have done.”

Among the savings being made is funding towards Warrington Dial-A-Ride, reduce funding for activities for disabled children and young people and increasing cremation charges.

But the council is still looking to invest in schemes it says will offer future income and revenue including green schemes such as more energy efficient street lighting, a £2 million home energy efficiency scheme and funding for commercial energy schemes which could generate more business rates being kept in the town’s coffers.

There are also plans for £40 million to be invested in highways from 2015 onwards.

Liberal Democrat finance spokesman Clr Peter Walker said his party would back the budget but with reservations over what he called a £100,000 executive initiative fund.

He called on that money to be spent on tackling highways and footpaths and restoring a £25,000 cut to CSOs.

He said: “A budget should never include an allocation of money without saying how it will be spent or what contingency it covers.

“Using this fund, we would restore the budget cut for CSOs. We all value the work they do and it represents a reduction of two officers and contradicts the stated ambition of the administration to make our town safer.

“Also we would put an additional £57,000 into the pot for repairing our highways and footpaths.

“Warrington’s roads get worse by the week. We welcome the major capital investment for 2015/16 but wonder why more cannot be spent in this financial year.”

Conservative leader Clr Paul Kennedy also added his backing to the budget but urged caution on the plans for loaning council funds to outside sources - which will be done through a treasury management committee.

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

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12:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

moleogod says...

oh yeah an even lesser service for more money. And in other news WBT is cutting services after 8pm on some routs on WEEKDAYS in the coming months after they just hiked up there fare prices...
oh yeah an even lesser service for more money. And in other news WBT is cutting services after 8pm on some routs on WEEKDAYS in the coming months after they just hiked up there fare prices... moleogod
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Simon27476 says...

Typical Labour.
Typical Labour. Simon27476
  • Score: 7

1:37pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

£90m to Helena housing, £7m to Omega for a road and £2m for a park. Thank's WBC for increasing my Council tax to cover all these things that I will not benefit from!
Still Grumpy
£90m to Helena housing, £7m to Omega for a road and £2m for a park. Thank's WBC for increasing my Council tax to cover all these things that I will not benefit from! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 20

2:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Nifty789 says...

So the council is once again cutting the services provided to the general public, but asking them to pay more in council tax. How can they continue to get away with this, utterly outrageous!!!!!
So the council is once again cutting the services provided to the general public, but asking them to pay more in council tax. How can they continue to get away with this, utterly outrageous!!!!! Nifty789
  • Score: 14

8:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

jimmi says...

Cutting services for disabled people yet again! The most needy and vulnerable are always the first target. Disappointing. The dial-a-ride service is so important to its disabled users. I'm sure there were other areas that could have been targeted.last year it was the school transport for disabled children, now this, what next for goodness sake!
Cutting services for disabled people yet again! The most needy and vulnerable are always the first target. Disappointing. The dial-a-ride service is so important to its disabled users. I'm sure there were other areas that could have been targeted.last year it was the school transport for disabled children, now this, what next for goodness sake! jimmi
  • Score: 10

9:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mick17 says...

This on the day we hear that the average council tax rise around the country is 0.6%. Nice one WBC. Thanks. Any particular reason this wasn't over 2 % or is it just coincidence it's just below the referendum threshold? Oh cynical me.....
This on the day we hear that the average council tax rise around the country is 0.6%. Nice one WBC. Thanks. Any particular reason this wasn't over 2 % or is it just coincidence it's just below the referendum threshold? Oh cynical me..... Mick17
  • Score: 12

9:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

fedster says...

“There is no simple answer to some of these cuts, it means radical change.

yes get rid of the tip i bet most in the area of arpley tip aint overly impressed with paying more tax while you let the tip stay there.


like kids with there first credit card.
“There is no simple answer to some of these cuts, it means radical change. yes get rid of the tip i bet most in the area of arpley tip aint overly impressed with paying more tax while you let the tip stay there. like kids with there first credit card. fedster
  • Score: 1

10:18pm Tue 4 Mar 14

MAD 4 IT says...

wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months !
wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months ! MAD 4 IT
  • Score: -11

5:35am Wed 5 Mar 14

MikeJT says...

Dear Mr Council. Can we see a DETAILED breakdown of your budget. After all, I bet there are certain things that have been left on there as your consider them "essential" whereas the public of Warrington would consider them frivolous, unnecessary and maybe even excessive. Yours sincerely. Warrington council tax payer (ie: the person who pays your wages.......and yes, that is one of the items Id like to see a breakdown of, and which would fall into one or more of the above)
Dear Mr Council. Can we see a DETAILED breakdown of your budget. After all, I bet there are certain things that have been left on there as your consider them "essential" whereas the public of Warrington would consider them frivolous, unnecessary and maybe even excessive. Yours sincerely. Warrington council tax payer (ie: the person who pays your wages.......and yes, that is one of the items Id like to see a breakdown of, and which would fall into one or more of the above) MikeJT
  • Score: 6

7:41am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months !
For the vast majority of people the fortnightly collection is not a problem. If you don't use your blue bin then do so (an awful lot of people don't use it at all)

If , as you claim,you live in a rural location you will already be costing WBC more to collect per household than those in somewhere like Orford so don't get greedy.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months ![/p][/quote]For the vast majority of people the fortnightly collection is not a problem. If you don't use your blue bin then do so (an awful lot of people don't use it at all) If , as you claim,you live in a rural location you will already be costing WBC more to collect per household than those in somewhere like Orford so don't get greedy. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 15

8:06am Wed 5 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much.
Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder?
A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting.
I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much. Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder? A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting. Freeborn John
  • Score: 2

8:07am Wed 5 Mar 14

Paul Kennedy says...

MikeJT wrote:
Dear Mr Council. Can we see a DETAILED breakdown of your budget. After all, I bet there are certain things that have been left on there as your consider them "essential" whereas the public of Warrington would consider them frivolous, unnecessary and maybe even excessive. Yours sincerely. Warrington council tax payer (ie: the person who pays your wages.......and yes, that is one of the items Id like to see a breakdown of, and which would fall into one or more of the above)
If you click on the link below, you will see the pdf files relating to the Budget, hopefully they will be of help, albeit that local government finance is complex. It is worth noting that WBC has an annual gross revenue spend in the order of £430 million of which about £83 million is financed by the Council Tax, the rest comes by way of central government funding, fees and charges. Capital spending, which in some years can be £hundreds of millions, is financed by borrowing from financial institutes or the Public Works Loan Board, and is separate from, and additional to, revenue expenditure. By far the biggest area of council spending is on education and social services via the Families & Wellbeing Directorate. The salaries paid to senior staff are shown in the annual accounts which are available on the WBC website.

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[quote][p][bold]MikeJT[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr Council. Can we see a DETAILED breakdown of your budget. After all, I bet there are certain things that have been left on there as your consider them "essential" whereas the public of Warrington would consider them frivolous, unnecessary and maybe even excessive. Yours sincerely. Warrington council tax payer (ie: the person who pays your wages.......and yes, that is one of the items Id like to see a breakdown of, and which would fall into one or more of the above)[/p][/quote]If you click on the link below, you will see the pdf files relating to the Budget, hopefully they will be of help, albeit that local government finance is complex. It is worth noting that WBC has an annual gross revenue spend in the order of £430 million of which about £83 million is financed by the Council Tax, the rest comes by way of central government funding, fees and charges. Capital spending, which in some years can be £hundreds of millions, is financed by borrowing from financial institutes or the Public Works Loan Board, and is separate from, and additional to, revenue expenditure. By far the biggest area of council spending is on education and social services via the Families & Wellbeing Directorate. The salaries paid to senior staff are shown in the annual accounts which are available on the WBC website. http://cmis.warringt on.gov.uk/cmis5/Meet ingsCalendar/tabid/7 3/ctl/ViewMeetingPub lic/mid/410/Meeting/ 7244/Committee/1260/ Default.aspx Paul Kennedy
  • Score: 10

2:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Skippy321 says...

Hasn't it gone quiet, presumably the knockers have all gone to read the budget documents, should keep them busy for a while.
Hasn't it gone quiet, presumably the knockers have all gone to read the budget documents, should keep them busy for a while. Skippy321
  • Score: 5

7:33pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

Freeborn John wrote:
I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much.
Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder?
A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting.
Gosh, I just stumbled over the list of those at WBC who were remunerated over £100,000 (some very considerably over, some only just) in the year 2011/2012.
Ahem...from the top:
The Chief Executive
The Director of People and Improvement
The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Services
The Executive Director of Children and Young Peoples Services
The Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration
The Assistant Chief Executive
The Solicitor to the Council
The Chief Finance Officer
Assistant Director Targeted Services
Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Cultural Services
Assistant Director of Regeneration Development and Housing
Assistant Director Transportation Engineering and Operations
Assistant Director Integrated Health and SCC
Assistant Director Business Planning and Resources
Assistant Director Universal Services
Assistant Director Community Support
Former Assistant Director Environment and Public Protection Services
So there.
No wonder Dial-a-ride was considered an expensive luxury...
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much. Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder? A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting.[/p][/quote]Gosh, I just stumbled over the list of those at WBC who were remunerated over £100,000 (some very considerably over, some only just) in the year 2011/2012. Ahem...from the top: The Chief Executive The Director of People and Improvement The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Services The Executive Director of Children and Young Peoples Services The Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration The Assistant Chief Executive The Solicitor to the Council The Chief Finance Officer Assistant Director Targeted Services Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Cultural Services Assistant Director of Regeneration Development and Housing Assistant Director Transportation Engineering and Operations Assistant Director Integrated Health and SCC Assistant Director Business Planning and Resources Assistant Director Universal Services Assistant Director Community Support Former Assistant Director Environment and Public Protection Services So there. No wonder Dial-a-ride was considered an expensive luxury... Freeborn John
  • Score: 6

7:40pm Wed 5 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Freeborn John wrote:
Freeborn John wrote:
I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much.
Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder?
A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting.
Gosh, I just stumbled over the list of those at WBC who were remunerated over £100,000 (some very considerably over, some only just) in the year 2011/2012.
Ahem...from the top:
The Chief Executive
The Director of People and Improvement
The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Services
The Executive Director of Children and Young Peoples Services
The Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration
The Assistant Chief Executive
The Solicitor to the Council
The Chief Finance Officer
Assistant Director Targeted Services
Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Cultural Services
Assistant Director of Regeneration Development and Housing
Assistant Director Transportation Engineering and Operations
Assistant Director Integrated Health and SCC
Assistant Director Business Planning and Resources
Assistant Director Universal Services
Assistant Director Community Support
Former Assistant Director Environment and Public Protection Services
So there.
No wonder Dial-a-ride was considered an expensive luxury...
So the assistant director gets £100k plus what does the actual director get?
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: I'm curious how the Hundred Thousand Pound Club at WBC are weathering these cuts, I suspect they're not dial-a-ride type folk so the destruction of that probably didn't fuss them much. Are there still 15 of them, are they still scoffing a meaty £3.8 million a year in pay between them, and is our council still the 38th most generous payer of top managers in the entire country I wonder? A detailed breakdown of the budget would be very interesting.[/p][/quote]Gosh, I just stumbled over the list of those at WBC who were remunerated over £100,000 (some very considerably over, some only just) in the year 2011/2012. Ahem...from the top: The Chief Executive The Director of People and Improvement The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Services The Executive Director of Children and Young Peoples Services The Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration The Assistant Chief Executive The Solicitor to the Council The Chief Finance Officer Assistant Director Targeted Services Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Cultural Services Assistant Director of Regeneration Development and Housing Assistant Director Transportation Engineering and Operations Assistant Director Integrated Health and SCC Assistant Director Business Planning and Resources Assistant Director Universal Services Assistant Director Community Support Former Assistant Director Environment and Public Protection Services So there. No wonder Dial-a-ride was considered an expensive luxury...[/p][/quote]So the assistant director gets £100k plus what does the actual director get? GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 7

8:10pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

In 2011/2012 the Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council was remunerated (salary, pension and other payments combined) a total of £187,210.
This was down from the previous years £198,519.
All figures are courtesy of the Tax Payers Alliance.
I'm not clear what the position is with the Chief Executive position at the moment, I'm sure some worthy person is standing in...for a price.
In 2011/2012 the Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council was remunerated (salary, pension and other payments combined) a total of £187,210. This was down from the previous years £198,519. All figures are courtesy of the Tax Payers Alliance. I'm not clear what the position is with the Chief Executive position at the moment, I'm sure some worthy person is standing in...for a price. Freeborn John
  • Score: 5

8:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

Chris1901 says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months !
stop throwing food away then simple as !!!
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months ![/p][/quote]stop throwing food away then simple as !!! Chris1901
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Thu 6 Mar 14

D-Unit says...

Thinking of standing jn may myself in Polplars & Hulme Ward. Has to be a better way!
Thinking of standing jn may myself in Polplars & Hulme Ward. Has to be a better way! D-Unit
  • Score: 0

10:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

D-Unit says...

D-Unit wrote:
Thinking of standing jn may myself in Polplars & Hulme Ward. Has to be a better way!
Oops at typo's there *in & *Poplars
[quote][p][bold]D-Unit[/bold] wrote: Thinking of standing jn may myself in Polplars & Hulme Ward. Has to be a better way![/p][/quote]Oops at typo's there *in & *Poplars D-Unit
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Sat 8 Mar 14

old-codger says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
£90m to Helena housing, £7m to Omega for a road and £2m for a park. Thank's WBC for increasing my Council tax to cover all these things that I will not benefit from!
Still Grumpy
That's their intelligence GRUMPY, Priorities are all wrong. Helena housing are in St Helens.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: £90m to Helena housing, £7m to Omega for a road and £2m for a park. Thank's WBC for increasing my Council tax to cover all these things that I will not benefit from! Still Grumpy[/p][/quote]That's their intelligence GRUMPY, Priorities are all wrong. Helena housing are in St Helens. old-codger
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Sat 8 Mar 14

old-codger says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months !
Take it to Arpley tip MAD4IT while your so keen to keep it open,
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months ![/p][/quote]Take it to Arpley tip MAD4IT while your so keen to keep it open, old-codger
  • Score: 6

10:33pm Sat 8 Mar 14

old-codger says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
MAD 4 IT wrote:
wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months !
For the vast majority of people the fortnightly collection is not a problem. If you don't use your blue bin then do so (an awful lot of people don't use it at all)

If , as you claim,you live in a rural location you will already be costing WBC more to collect per household than those in somewhere like Orford so don't get greedy.
Oh **** Nick, Don't mention orford to him,
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: wbc cut our bin collection to weekly then put our council tax up ! doesnt make sense ! CAN WE HAVE OUR WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS BACK THEN !! not as if we our benefitting by having stinking rotten OVERFLOWING bins in the hot summer months ![/p][/quote]For the vast majority of people the fortnightly collection is not a problem. If you don't use your blue bin then do so (an awful lot of people don't use it at all) If , as you claim,you live in a rural location you will already be costing WBC more to collect per household than those in somewhere like Orford so don't get greedy.[/p][/quote]Oh **** Nick, Don't mention orford to him, old-codger
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Sat 8 Mar 14

old-codger says...

Freeborn John wrote:
In 2011/2012 the Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council was remunerated (salary, pension and other payments combined) a total of £187,210.
This was down from the previous years £198,519.
All figures are courtesy of the Tax Payers Alliance.
I'm not clear what the position is with the Chief Executive position at the moment, I'm sure some worthy person is standing in...for a price.
He is indeed standing in for a price PLUS his final salary pension from the last time he had the job.
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: In 2011/2012 the Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council was remunerated (salary, pension and other payments combined) a total of £187,210. This was down from the previous years £198,519. All figures are courtesy of the Tax Payers Alliance. I'm not clear what the position is with the Chief Executive position at the moment, I'm sure some worthy person is standing in...for a price.[/p][/quote]He is indeed standing in for a price PLUS his final salary pension from the last time he had the job. old-codger
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

chumhill says...

Simple solution just move out of Warrington to an Area where you get the service you require for the Council Tax you pay.
Simple solution just move out of Warrington to an Area where you get the service you require for the Council Tax you pay. chumhill
  • Score: -3

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