Saturday, 30 August 2014

Havering Business Pigs Unaffected As Council Cuts £60 Million !


Havering council leader Roger Ramsey has announced that he had "no choice" but to deliver drastic spending cuts in the council budget (see links below). The millions of council tax money spent on property maintenance contracts, IT contracts, staff training contracts and the pay of council cabinet members will not be affected - what a surprise !!

Who will carry these costs ? Go on take a wild guess ! Yes, thats right its the soft targets of libraries and social care as usual carrying the burden instead of reducing the council contract trough !

On 29/8/14 Emma Lake of the Ilford Recorder reported that

"Libraries, social care, youth services and cultural facilities are all be under fire as the council works to make £60million of savings over four years. Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader of Havering Council, said the authority has no choice but to cut services to deliver a balanced budget. The councils proposals, which will be scrutinised by fellow councillors and the public, include slashing the library services budget by more than £1million and the early help and troubled families service by £900,000."

As well as drastic cuts in social provision the struggling virtually non-existent cultural activities of our borough will also be hit hard. Emma Lake reports "On top of the £1.138million slashed from libraries both Queen’s Theatre and Havering Music School will see their grants reduced by £200,000."

Emma Lake of Ilford Recorder reports on cuts

Notice the light touch of reporting on Havering's radio station TIME 107.5

TIME 107.5 Put "Public Consultation" Gloss on Cuts

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