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Crunch 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.

  • Comments


    duffbikes 5:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: 10
    steverock6@sky.com 8:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

    what the hell is guy harkin on about sleeping pills and female councillors for thought it was the budget speech!

    Score: 3
    Lesmathes17 9:19pm Wed 26 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: 5
    Donkey Stone 10:05pm Wed 26 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: 5
    oftbewildered2 6:22am Thu 27 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: -1
    breightmet kid 7:07am Thu 27 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: 1
    The Righteous One 8:46am Thu 27 Feb 14

    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!!!

    Score: 4
    Jim271 10:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

    What, no disabled, Muslim, lesbian poetry workshops this year???lol

    Score: 2
    atlas123 11:26am Thu 27 Feb 14

    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.

    Score: 2

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