Bleak outlook; or no outlook at all?
January 19, 2013 4 Comments
I have already written about some of the proposed cuts to the local Borough budget. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has to save something like £10million, and so cuts are inevitable. What now follows is the debate about where to cut, and the proposals will be where the debate starts.
Here are some selected highlights, if that is the word, from the proposals.
(CL9) £70,000 Early Years SEN Delivery Structure
(CL22) £13,000 School Uniform Grants
(ETE18) £27,000 Development Control Planning Letters
(ETE20) £130,000 Events
(ETE23) £50,000 Close Pier Mon & Tue Off-Peak
(SS3) £167,000 Customer Services
(SS15) £15,000 Outlook Magazine
There is a whole lot of interesting detail in the draft budget, far too much for a site like this. The budget will alter in the coming weeks as the detail is raked over and discussed in the various council committees.
I will add one thought for now. The last item listed above is a saving brought about by reducing the number of Outlook issues from four to three in a year. I would go further here and scrap the whole thing. Given a choice between the magazine or a supply of black bin sacks I reckon I know what the majority of council tax payers would opt for.