LiveCrunch meeting as Bolton Council meets to approve annual budget

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  • Live updates from the meeting of Bolton Council tonight as town hall bosses discuss next year's budget.
  • The meeting is due to start at 7pm, and the following items are on the agenda:
  • Council tax is likely to go up by 1.94 per cent.
  • Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris is calling for the council to use £400,000 to give a pay rise to Bolton Council's lowest paid staff.
  • A petition will be handed in to save Winifred Kettle care home in Westhoughton.

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5:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

duffbikes says...

Councilor Morris says the maths don't add up, (Tories and Libs) if he is such an expert perhaps we can ask about the missing (allegedly) three million from Royal Bolton days.
Councilor Morris says the maths don't add up, (Tories and Libs) if he is such an expert perhaps we can ask about the missing (allegedly) three million from Royal Bolton days. duffbikes
  • Score: 10

8:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

what the hell is guy harkin on about sleeping pills and female councillors for thought it was the budget speech!
what the hell is guy harkin on about sleeping pills and female councillors for thought it was the budget speech! steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lesmathes17 says...

What is Morris on about?' Why should we impose more cuts??? ' Who does he think pays for any increase? Yes, those on the minimum wage who work in the private sector who won't receive the additional increase the council have agreed.
What is Morris on about?' Why should we impose more cuts??? ' Who does he think pays for any increase? Yes, those on the minimum wage who work in the private sector who won't receive the additional increase the council have agreed. Lesmathes17
  • Score: 5

10:05pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Donkey Stone says...

steverock6@sky.com wrote:
what the hell is guy harkin on about sleeping pills and female councillors for thought it was the budget speech!
Don't forget that Guy Harkin is the space cadet who wanted to change the name of the town at a cost of millions, how anyone could vote for him is laughable. Proof yet again that party politics doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]steverock6@sky.com[/bold] wrote: what the hell is guy harkin on about sleeping pills and female councillors for thought it was the budget speech![/p][/quote]Don't forget that Guy Harkin is the space cadet who wanted to change the name of the town at a cost of millions, how anyone could vote for him is laughable. Proof yet again that party politics doesn't work. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 5

6:22am Thu 27 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

if they put Council Tax up the income will be £1.6 million as opposed to a guaranteed £1 million from government if they don't. Balance these two. Not everyone will pay their Council Tax; how much will the anticipated arrears be, and how much will it cost to recoup this money? Less hassle to accept the government money methinks.
if they put Council Tax up the income will be £1.6 million as opposed to a guaranteed £1 million from government if they don't. Balance these two. Not everyone will pay their Council Tax; how much will the anticipated arrears be, and how much will it cost to recoup this money? Less hassle to accept the government money methinks. oftbewildered2
  • Score: -1

7:07am Thu 27 Feb 14

breightmet kid says...

I see Couc. Morris wont take a cut as he say the government are imposing enough cuts. The Prime Minister leads by example, he has taken a cut in pay by not increasing his salary, like some Labour leaders in the last government.

I dont see any cuts in councillors expenses mentioned, this year, last year or in fact, ever. Isnt it about time they led by example.

Why do we need to put Council Tax up and then put £3m into a savings account? Is it to pay for a councillors charabanc when the local populace decide they have had enough of their palava and kick them out.
I see Couc. Morris wont take a cut as he say the government are imposing enough cuts. The Prime Minister leads by example, he has taken a cut in pay by not increasing his salary, like some Labour leaders in the last government. I dont see any cuts in councillors expenses mentioned, this year, last year or in fact, ever. Isnt it about time they led by example. Why do we need to put Council Tax up and then put £3m into a savings account? Is it to pay for a councillors charabanc when the local populace decide they have had enough of their palava and kick them out. breightmet kid
  • Score: 1

8:46am Thu 27 Feb 14

The Righteous One says...

duffbikes wrote:
Councilor Morris says the maths don't add up, (Tories and Libs) if he is such an expert perhaps we can ask about the missing (allegedly) three million from Royal Bolton days.
Or the recoup of the £80+millions they lost when teh Icelandic bank collapsed, which has suddenly disappeared again!!!
[quote][p][bold]duffbikes[/bold] wrote: Councilor Morris says the maths don't add up, (Tories and Libs) if he is such an expert perhaps we can ask about the missing (allegedly) three million from Royal Bolton days.[/p][/quote]Or the recoup of the £80+millions they lost when teh Icelandic bank collapsed, which has suddenly disappeared again!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 4

10:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

What, no disabled, Muslim, lesbian poetry workshops this year???lol
What, no disabled, Muslim, lesbian poetry workshops this year???lol Jim271
  • Score: 2

11:26am Thu 27 Feb 14

atlas123 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
if they put Council Tax up the income will be £1.6 million as opposed to a guaranteed £1 million from government if they don't. Balance these two. Not everyone will pay their Council Tax; how much will the anticipated arrears be, and how much will it cost to recoup this money? Less hassle to accept the government money methinks.
I would hope that the £1.6 million is adjusted to take account of those who dont pay it and will be a nett figure.

The trouble with accepting the £1 million grant is, as previously explained, it is a one of sum, this year only, no promise of it next year, or the year after, or the year after that, where as the 1.6 million from the rise is, excepting any cut in council tax due for collection every year, and of course they can always add further rises on or take a grant next year for not upping the tax.

If the government was saying "if you dont put up tax then we will add £1million to your base grant and that will remain every year" then your argument would be valid.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: if they put Council Tax up the income will be £1.6 million as opposed to a guaranteed £1 million from government if they don't. Balance these two. Not everyone will pay their Council Tax; how much will the anticipated arrears be, and how much will it cost to recoup this money? Less hassle to accept the government money methinks.[/p][/quote]I would hope that the £1.6 million is adjusted to take account of those who dont pay it and will be a nett figure. The trouble with accepting the £1 million grant is, as previously explained, it is a one of sum, this year only, no promise of it next year, or the year after, or the year after that, where as the 1.6 million from the rise is, excepting any cut in council tax due for collection every year, and of course they can always add further rises on or take a grant next year for not upping the tax. If the government was saying "if you dont put up tax then we will add £1million to your base grant and that will remain every year" then your argument would be valid. atlas123
  • Score: 2

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