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Grim financial future beckons for Gloucestershire County Council, £30m budget cut predicted

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Grim financial future beckons for Gloucestershire County Council, £30m budget cut predicted
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A financial cliff looms for Gloucestershire County Council in the next three years with the authority preparing to slash its budget by £30 million.

Shire Hall bosses are bracing for a perfect storm of further swingeing cuts to Government funding, the continual sting of inflation and the cost of keeping up with ever increasing demand on services in the period between now and 2017.

And the only way to cope will be to find more savings on top of the £114 million that have already been found since 2010.

The result is a predicted budget of £401 million in 2016/17, a staggering £30 million less than what the county council is spending this year.

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The authority’s Conservative cabinet agreed to its budget for 2014/15 worth £428 million, a drop of £2.8 million on this year, on Wednesday.

The latest projections suggest that will drop to £409 million in 2015/16 before dropping to almost £400 million the year after.

The spending area likely to be worst hit will be adult services, which includes caring for the elderly, which is predicted to see its budget drop from £151 million this year to £138 million in 2016/17, a real terms cash cut of £13m.

Councillor Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for finance and change and deputy leader of the council, said the forecasts “do not make comfortable reading for us”.

“Proposals on managing this reduction will be put forward in the coming months,” he said.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council, added: “We are facing considerable challenges in next year’s budget and we will have to deliver significant savings going forward.”

The authority’s budget for 2014/15 will be debated by the full council in February before it is set in stone.

The county council was anticipating its overall budget figure to be substantially lower but it revised the figure after it received approximately £5 million more than expected in council tax income from all of the district councils in Gloucestershire.

The Conservative cabinet has proposed spending £500,000 of that extra cash on trying to fix the A417 Missing Link.

Mr Theodoulou said the budget for 2014/15 is a lesson in “living within our means” which will help “communities to help themselves”.

“We are getting our house in order by reducing costs, disposing of surplus assets and by renegotiating contracts,” he said.

“We have continued our strategy of protecting vulnerable people both young and old.”

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  • JemmyWood  |  February 07 2014, 2:24PM

    £30M???... and Stan the Burning Man and Henchman Hawthorne's incinerator plan is costing us £25M not to mention all other costs incurred.. pretty simple maths problem that. I would also like to see the wages and expenses incurred by the Councillors themselves..... Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ooexzaz

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  • JemmyWood  |  February 07 2014, 2:20PM

    £30M???... and Stan the Burning Man and Henchman Hawthorne's incinerator plan is costing us £25M not to mention all other costs incurred.. pretty simple maths problem that. I would also like to see the wages and expenses incurred by the Councillors themselves.....

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  February 07 2014, 12:26PM

    So, £30m out of £401m, that's less than 7.5% cut. If our brilliant leaders cannot find savings of this paltry amount, then they are in the wrong job!

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  • Lecorche  |  February 07 2014, 10:23AM

    How about considering a Tri-County Authority? Gloucestershire,Herefordshire and Worcestershire maybe. One main centre linked to satellite offices creating a unified infrastructure that doesn't need all the managers we have now.

  • gomums  |  February 07 2014, 10:08AM

    Shireresident and Apothegm am with you on this...one unitary Council is a must for saving such vast sums of money. Cant see this happening too many high rolling jobs would be lost and to many golden handshakes would have to take place..... too many eating out of the trough. Still let the old and vulnerable suffer even more eh?

  • Shireresident  |  February 06 2014, 9:48PM

    Despite their claims to support localism the Tories always lambast Local government so no surprises here. The only option left for any great savings is to merge district and county councils and have one multi purpose unitary authority. This might buy a bit of time but if the current cuts continue services are bound to suffer even more than they have already.

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  • Richardburton  |  February 06 2014, 7:17PM

    Could save money, if the parent/s of children who have a mini bus to get to school would use their own cars to get them to school.. After all if the parents have a car why don't they use it to take them to school?? Rather than it being paid for by Tax payers! Has any one checked this?

  • Coingrass  |  February 06 2014, 7:14PM

    The report says 'The spending area likely to be worst hit will be adult services, which includes care for the elderly', and the deputy leader of the council says "We have continued our strategy of protecting vulnerable people both young and old." Well, it's difficult to see how both statements can be correct but any council that doesn't put the highest priority on caring for its most vulnerable citizens has lost the plot.

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  • Reportage  |  February 06 2014, 5:38PM

    Haha , that would mean some joined up thinking and no duplication of effort. This is the civil service you're talking about.

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 06 2014, 4:13PM

    No thoughts of saving money by merging the County Council with the City Council, then?

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