Council faces making £29 million cuts in next three years

The Council’s draft budget, outlines savings of £28.95 million by 2018/2019, the vast majority of which will be made over the next two years: £15.75m in the next financial year, £12.24m the year after and a further £0.96 million in 2018/19.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Council-s-29-million-cuts-herald-years-austerity

The cuts will include at least 450 jobs, on top of the 1,000 already gone since 2010. The council will have lost 73.2 per cent of its revenue support grant by 2018/19.

Leader Tony Newman has assured the Scrutiny Committee:

“There are absolutely no hidden cuts here. I think we’ve been very open about the tough decisions we’ve taken. What is in these papers is what there is.”

The Council instead hopes to bring in extra income by increasing charges for parking, meals on wheels, bereavement and registrar services.

Scrutiny Chair Cllr Sean Fitzsimons raised concerns about a review of the “opportunities to bring in more income to support activities in parks”. He said the Council should avoid imposing restrictive charges on community groups who want to use the borough’s green spaces, giving the example of one that was “charged a shed load of money to try and get a key for the toilets”.
http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-cut-450-jobs-years

However, it is likely that there will be cuts in the libraries and possible closures – see next  blog story.

The two main reports to Scrutiny can be downloaded here.

Council Budget Presentation to Scrutiny

Croydon 2016-17 Budget Report to Scrutiny

There are three appendices which can be accessed at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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