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