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Somerset faces funding crisis as it becomes latest county council crippled. 05 Sep 2018 06:54 #10067

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Somerset faces funding crisis as it becomes latest county council crippled by austerity

Somerset County Council has become the latest in a string of county councils to cut spending and strip back services, blaming underfunding from central government.
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Council leader David Fothergill described being at the “very sharp end of austerity”, as the council seeks to cut a further £28m in spending. This follows £130m in savings that the council has already made over the last eight years.

Cllr Fothergill said he has “no choice” but to make more severe cuts to public services, stating:

Despite the huge pressures, until this point we have managed to maintain – and in key areas improve – services, but the funding we receive falls far short of the cost of the services we provide and that has to have an impact…We’ve tried hard to avoid this, looked at every option open to us in terms of financial flexibility, but have been left with no choice…These proposals will be hard to deliver and difficult to stomach for anyone who works for or with this authority

www.thecanary.co/uk/news/2018/09/04/somerset-faces-funding-crisis-as-it-becomes-latest-county-council-crippled-by-austerity/
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Somerset faces funding crisis as it becomes latest county council crippled. 05 Sep 2018 07:55 #10068

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And listed down the page in the given Link, Is THIS YEARS CUTS;

The County Gazette has produced a list of the cuts the council is proposing:
Compulsory two days unpaid for all staff and councillors for the next two years (approx £1m)
Reducing the winter gritting network from 23 to 16 routes (£120,000)
Suspend Taunton’s two Taunton Park and Ride services (£170,000)
Removal of administration funding from the four district Citizens Advice Bureau services, protecting the grant (£469,000)
Reduction in the Council’s early help support, including getset services, support for young carers and Youth Services (£2.5m)
Reduced contribution to reserves (£1.9m)
Changes to Learning Disability contract (£770,000)
Cancelling and reducing ICT contracts and licences (£129,000)
These cuts will see this council save almost £13m this financial year, followed by a further £15m saving in 2019/20. However, if these proposals are approved, up to 130 people could lose their jobs.


And AGAIN its the Most Vulnerable who gets hits the Hardest.Its NOT the Councils fault but the Tory Scum Bags who cut Funding to ALL
Councils year after year, And so this will be repeated Next Year and the Year after till there is nothing left. :angry:
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Somerset faces funding crisis as it becomes latest county council crippled. 05 Sep 2018 10:23 #10070

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this one is quite concerning

"Reducing the winter gritting network from 23 to 16 routes (£120,000)"

council forced to gamble with lives by lowering road safety :angry:
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Somerset faces funding crisis as it becomes latest county council crippled. 05 Sep 2018 13:34 #10073

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I was wondering if anyone has asked to see how much the top executive of these councils are earning a year, while cutting back on front line services. :woohoo:
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