Bolton Council faces another £22 million of cuts - and another £25 million expected

The Bolton News: Bolton Town Hall Bolton Town Hall

THE scale of the cuts facing Bolton Council next year has been finalised, showing the authority has to save a further £22 million from its annual budget in 2014-15.

And £25 million is expected to be slashed from Bolton Council’s budget in 2015-16 according to figures from a government report released this week.

Council bosses say the cuts were identified as part of a two-year budget which was agreed in February 2013, and the majority of changes to services have already been implemented.

The conditions whereby the authority could freeze council tax for Bolton residents — in return for a grant from the government — will not be announced until the new year.

Bolton Council opted not to accept the deal last year, meaning council tax went up 3.5 per cent for residents.

This year finance officers have predicted a two per cent increase in rates, which would raise an extra £1.6 million for the council. Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said the settlement was broadly in line with what it had forecast.

He added: “This is still a disaster for local people, as we will need to make significant cuts in services in order to balance the books.”


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Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of the Conservatives, said the group would call on the authority to freeze council tax for 2014.

He said: “When times remain tough for hard working families we think the money is better in residents’ pockets rather than with the council.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Cllr Roger Hayes said it was important for the council to explore all avenues of funding, adding: “I think it would be useful for people who are hard-pressed to have a council tax freeze.”

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1:44pm Fri 20 Dec 13

atlas123 says...

I can't say an awful lot has changed for me since these cuts started....

The coucil still seem to faff around wasting money on schemes nobody is interested inand wants. (Folds Road changes, Changes to the road layout near sainsburys in the town centre, new lamposts put up on chapletown road and numberous other side streets)

Cull the number of Councillors please.
I can't say an awful lot has changed for me since these cuts started.... The coucil still seem to faff around wasting money on schemes nobody is interested inand wants. (Folds Road changes, Changes to the road layout near sainsburys in the town centre, new lamposts put up on chapletown road and numberous other side streets) Cull the number of Councillors please. atlas123

4:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stantheman133 says...

I know councils have to save money but there must be a limit as what a council can save before they are not employing any one or those that are employed throw the towel in and say sorry we can't take anymore.
I know councils have to save money but there must be a limit as what a council can save before they are not employing any one or those that are employed throw the towel in and say sorry we can't take anymore. stantheman133

4:27pm Fri 20 Dec 13

steveG says...

Council tax remains unaffordable for many people and is ridiculously and, more to the point, unsustainably high.
Council tax remains unaffordable for many people and is ridiculously and, more to the point, unsustainably high. steveG

4:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

boltonchap says...

The less local government we have the better. Wasteful self-serving most of the time. Run for the benefit of the employees and not their customers I.e. us.
The less local government we have the better. Wasteful self-serving most of the time. Run for the benefit of the employees and not their customers I.e. us. boltonchap

5:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Hollieanne says...

Get rid of Morris, Peel etc and sack them from all the various committees they serve on for extra cash. That should be a substantial saving.
Get rid of Morris, Peel etc and sack them from all the various committees they serve on for extra cash. That should be a substantial saving. Hollieanne

6:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

I dont think their is five people on the reception desk at bolton Clown hall now..... there never bloody should have been in the first place.........
I dont think their is five people on the reception desk at bolton Clown hall now..... there never bloody should have been in the first place......... thomas222

6:55pm Fri 20 Dec 13

alan1954 says...

Perhaps Bolton council can use the millions of pounds paid to them, fromfrom the sale of the Market hall.
And perhaps the1million pound they received from UK Coal for the country park at Cutacre, which now comes under Harworth Estates planning application for the Cutacre industrial estate.
Perhaps Bolton council can use the millions of pounds paid to them, fromfrom the sale of the Market hall. And perhaps the1million pound they received from UK Coal for the country park at Cutacre, which now comes under Harworth Estates planning application for the Cutacre industrial estate. alan1954

7:45pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Ernagy2 says...

How about turning down the heating at the town hall. Every time I go in there it feels as though it's a balmy 25 degree Celsius - way too warm.

Perhaps the council should look towards more sponsorship and what about the reserves?
How about turning down the heating at the town hall. Every time I go in there it feels as though it's a balmy 25 degree Celsius - way too warm. Perhaps the council should look towards more sponsorship and what about the reserves? Ernagy2

10:59pm Sat 21 Dec 13

By George says...

Performance related pay should be introduced for Councillors, reduce the number of councillors down to two per ward, how often do we hear of Councillors on the Sick, and what happens then, the new. Systems introduced I.e cabinet members mean most of the councillors are redundant, the old committee systems used to involve debate and democratic decisions guided by officers, now it is down to one cabinet member, any industry would review and reduce the workforce accordingly, one rule for one and another for Councillors?
Performance related pay should be introduced for Councillors, reduce the number of councillors down to two per ward, how often do we hear of Councillors on the Sick, and what happens then, the new. Systems introduced I.e cabinet members mean most of the councillors are redundant, the old committee systems used to involve debate and democratic decisions guided by officers, now it is down to one cabinet member, any industry would review and reduce the workforce accordingly, one rule for one and another for Councillors? By George

11:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

By George says...

Hollieanne wrote:
Get rid of Morris, Peel etc and sack them from all the various committees they serve on for extra cash. That should be a substantial saving.
All unemployed people should look at going into politics and then do as Peel and Morris do all you need is a name for your party , get about 20 people to sign your application for the next local elections, do some canvassing, sign up 1500 people to promise to vote for you, postal is best so they don,t forget and of course you get a free list to prompt them to vote, make sure you do some thing for them when elected, bingo you now have a job, get your friends to do the same, then make sure you get them to vote you leader, then appoint your cabinet members to follow strict guidance of the officers, no worries here job for life and no need to sign on
[quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Morris, Peel etc and sack them from all the various committees they serve on for extra cash. That should be a substantial saving.[/p][/quote]All unemployed people should look at going into politics and then do as Peel and Morris do all you need is a name for your party , get about 20 people to sign your application for the next local elections, do some canvassing, sign up 1500 people to promise to vote for you, postal is best so they don,t forget and of course you get a free list to prompt them to vote, make sure you do some thing for them when elected, bingo you now have a job, get your friends to do the same, then make sure you get them to vote you leader, then appoint your cabinet members to follow strict guidance of the officers, no worries here job for life and no need to sign on By George

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