The cuts continue. These are biting hard, and goodness knows what lies ahead when we at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council begin looking in earnest at the budget for 2016-17.

There is a 6.2% reduction in the public health ring-fenced grant. This equates to £584,000. Cuts have consequences, and in public health those consequences will be on us, as people.

The rent reduction of 1% of the next four years, another not-so-bright idea from the Government, will have a major impact on our Housing Revenue Account – something like £9 million will be the total loss in reduced income.

The extension of Right To Buy to Housing Association tenants will also see a reduction in the number of homes available to the Council – thus having a long-term negative impact on housing lists. Whilst the Joint Administration is building new council homes, any gains here could easily be offset, if not exceeded, by the effect of this change.

One Response to Juggling

  1. ann says:

    I use to work for the council a long time ago. So much money wasted especially on the corrupt mAyor at the time. You are interesting and good views but can you put your money where your mouth is?

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