Council tax rise on the cards as Town Hall chiefs try to save an extra £8m

BOLTON’S ruling cabinet will meet on Monday to choose between eight financial options for the town, whilst also deciding which services will be affected by the cuts.

The cabinet has to choose between putting up council tax, cutting services, including jobs, and spending cash reserves.

Whichever financial choice these leading councillors make there will still be cuts to services — but the higher council tax is raised and the more reserves spent, then the fewer cuts will be needed.

The council has reserves, which is currently used for capital expenditure projects.

Council leader, Cllr Cliff Morris, who will present a formal recommendation to the cabinet on Monday, has said it will be a “big challenge” and a “difficult decision”.

It comes a month after Bolton Council’s executive approved a £34.6 million cuts programme — including the loss of 486 posts and service cuts.

Cllr Roger Hayes, Bolton Liberal Democrat leader, echoed Cllr Morris’s comments and said the council were being faced with an “extremely difficult decision”.

But Cllr Hayes also criticised the council’s current leadership for its “short-sighted planning” and said planning a council tax rise was “significant” in a year where there will not be a local election.

He also blamed the Government, and said local authorities had been “unfairly targeted” and had taken the “brunt” of the cuts. Cllr Hayes added: “Most people have had to cut budgets and any tax increase is going to make things very difficult for them.

“The council has to think very hard about whether they should make a council tax increase.I think it is an extremely difficult decision. It is very difficult to dispense with people’s services and that doesn’t help the town’s economy.

“There have been areas where we could make reductions without massive problems to services, but we have been doing that year on year on year.

“This goes back to the 1990s and we have been making massive cuts. Bolton has been living hand to mouth for a long time.” Bolton’s Conservative group has vowed to oppose a rise in council tax and said the local authority should accept the offer of £2 million over two years from the Government for freezing council tax.

Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of the Conservative group, said: “Our position is very clear on council tax, our group would vote against any rise.

“We obviously believe they should take the offer that is on the table from the Government. We realise it doesn’t meet costs totally but we feel that should be met and then topped up with reserves.

“Every other household bill is going up at the moment and any help we can give to hard-working people is essential. Our aim will be always to protect the front line services. That is key, we have to protect the vulnerable.”

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10:25am Thu 7 Feb 13

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! says...

I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time.
I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time. Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work!
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10:41am Thu 7 Feb 13

F.D.R. says...

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote:
I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time.
What financial mistakes are you refering to?
[quote][p][bold]Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work![/bold] wrote: I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time.[/p][/quote]What financial mistakes are you refering to? F.D.R.
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10:43am Thu 7 Feb 13

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! says...

F.D.R. says...

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote:
I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time.
What financial mistakes are you refering to?

Dont question me on my posts im not answerable to you and do not have to explain myself to anyone.
F.D.R. says... Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote: I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time. What financial mistakes are you refering to? Dont question me on my posts im not answerable to you and do not have to explain myself to anyone. Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work!
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11:24am Thu 7 Feb 13

F.D.R. says...

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote:
F.D.R. says... Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote: I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time. What financial mistakes are you refering to? Dont question me on my posts im not answerable to you and do not have to explain myself to anyone.
Sorry - I just wanted to check whether you were refering to financial mistakes that Morris himself had made/the Council in general/the Government/external body.

Wasn't quite clear with the 'your parasites' bit - just wanted to know who they were.
[quote][p][bold]Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work![/bold] wrote: F.D.R. says... Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! wrote: I hope morris and the rest of the parasites sleep easy in their beds, you are punishing us for YOUR past financial mistakes, people need to remember this and choose carefully when voting next time. What financial mistakes are you refering to? Dont question me on my posts im not answerable to you and do not have to explain myself to anyone.[/p][/quote]Sorry - I just wanted to check whether you were refering to financial mistakes that Morris himself had made/the Council in general/the Government/external body. Wasn't quite clear with the 'your parasites' bit - just wanted to know who they were. F.D.R.
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12:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mralwayscorrect says...

Hi everyone

It's Cliff here, the ivory back-scratchers and caviar are well needed, if you idiots continue to vote Labour then we'll fill our boots, look at the size of our bank balance and weep.
Hi everyone It's Cliff here, the ivory back-scratchers and caviar are well needed, if you idiots continue to vote Labour then we'll fill our boots, look at the size of our bank balance and weep. mralwayscorrect
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3:59pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Pi@s off and make some of those at the top pay by making them redundant. After all it is their fk up!

We certainly are not in this together.
Pi@s off and make some of those at the top pay by making them redundant. After all it is their fk up! We certainly are not in this together. Beyond News Forum
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6:43pm Thu 7 Feb 13

tony000 says...

they waist 50k+ on fencing alone .that will be pulled down soon .and they expect up to pay more .
they waist 50k+ on fencing alone .that will be pulled down soon .and they expect up to pay more . tony000
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7:34pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Bazzerd says...

Since WHEN is taxing the population of Bolton more classed as 'saving Money'?...the whole charade is a total made up lie?...and whilst they're at it..filling the potholes in should be quite easy..simply scrape the ridiculous amount of speed bumps into them..and roll it flat..2 problems sorted in one go!
Since WHEN is taxing the population of Bolton more classed as 'saving Money'?...the whole charade is a total made up lie?...and whilst they're at it..filling the potholes in should be quite easy..simply scrape the ridiculous amount of speed bumps into them..and roll it flat..2 problems sorted in one go! Bazzerd
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10:54pm Thu 7 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

They have to bolster their already way to large pension fund somehow.
They have to bolster their already way to large pension fund somehow. boltonnut
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6:37am Fri 8 Feb 13

UKVamp says...

Instead of raising council tax maybe they should collect the tax they dont charge to religious buildings.
Why should they be exempt.
I should apply for a prayer room to my God the "flying spaghetti monster".
Yes look it up on the internet!!
Religion has sucked on society for way too long.
Instead of raising council tax maybe they should collect the tax they dont charge to religious buildings. Why should they be exempt. I should apply for a prayer room to my God the "flying spaghetti monster". Yes look it up on the internet!! Religion has sucked on society for way too long. UKVamp
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3:18pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Beyond News Forum says...

I hear on the grapevine there will be protests in March sometime all around the country. Just before all the changes are made. Let's hope the military corporate police can keep there hands to themselves or join the people to who they are supposed to protect and not gas them or beat them or shoot them as in Greece.
I hear on the grapevine there will be protests in March sometime all around the country. Just before all the changes are made. Let's hope the military corporate police can keep there hands to themselves or join the people to who they are supposed to protect and not gas them or beat them or shoot them as in Greece. Beyond News Forum
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