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Council Budget Proposals Show Cabinet Has Listened

Feb
13
2011
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet says it has listened to local people in arriving at its final budget proposals. Among Cabinet’s proposals agreed last night, which will be discussed by Full Council when it meets on February 28th, there will be:

  • Extra money for services for children and older people
  • No library closures
  • A reduction in proposed savings on the libraries book fund
  • No Sure Start Centre closures
  • No cuts in the winter roads maintenance budget

Cabinet is also proposing that the Council maintains its commitment to household waste recycling by ensuring that all sites are kept open seven days a week.

To ensure that the Piece Hall remains as busy as possible in the run up to its proposed transformation, Cabinet is proposing that the post of Piece Hall Events Co-ordinator be retained.

Cabinet also wants to reduce the income targets for both parking and sports facilities to more realistic levels.

And school crossing patrols will be safe. After negotiation with the Schools Forum, it is recommended that the service should still be run by the Council but will be funded by schools out of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Calderdale Council Leader, Cllr Janet Battye, says that during the past month more than 500 people have taken the opportunity to make their views known.

“From those comments, it was clear that people wanted to see front line services protected. They want to see the Council doing all it can to be efficient and cut waste and working with other organisations to provide better services.

“People have also said that, while they want to see services kept affordable and fair, they are willing to accept increases in charges, if that means protecting services.”

Cllr Battye said that, in preparing its Budget, Cabinet had been faced with some difficult decisions.

“But we have tried to reflect the priorities of our residents and we have been working with Council staff to look at imaginative ways in which we can maintain services while achieving the savings that are required.”

She said the Government required the Council to make savings of £28m in total, with £15m of those savings to be made in 2011/12.

Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said Cabinet’s Budget reflected the needs and priorities of the people of Calderdale.

“Inevitably, we have had to make some very difficult decisions on services across the Council.

“But our proposals put an extra £3million-plus into services for vulnerable older and disabled people, children and young people.

“And we have removed the proposal to close household waste recycling sites one day a week, which was made in our draft budget proposals.”

Cabinet’s proposed Budget will now go forward for discussion by Council on February 28th.

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