Dorset councils hit by funding cuts of £126 million

Dorset Echo: County Hall in Dorchester County Hall in Dorchester

COUNCILS in Dorset have had a total of £126million of central funding cut by the government, according to new figures.

The figures have been released by Unison who warn that ‘far worse is yet to come’ following the latest spending round by the chancellor and a possible £5.6billion worth of cuts planned by 2015/2016.

Data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government reveals that in the two financial years between 2010/2011 and 2012/2013, total government support for local authorities in England fell by almost £11billion.

Councils in the south west have been affected dramatically with Dorset County Council losing £66,539,000 in central funding, West Dorset losing £2,282,000 and Weymouth & Portland £2,124,000 Tanya Palmer, Unison South West regional manager, said: “These budget cuts are damaging, and hitting at the heart of what councils can deliver in terms of providing good quality services across the south west.

“Things like caring for the elderly and the vulnerable or picking up the bins and monitoring school performance are now second priority areas. These are essential services that councils deliver across the region and these massive cuts threaten those and many other vital services.”

Unison branch secretary, David Higgins, said the cuts are ‘horrendous and never ending’.

He said: “There are less and less people to do the work needed and constant redundancies.

“The figure of £126million in Dorset is a shock and I think politicians don’t always see what staff have to deal with on the frontline.

The latest figures were revealed after Dorset County Council’s leader issued a strong warning of further cuts to come.

The council has launched its Forward Together programme in a bid to save £48million over the next three years.

A total of around £18million in savings have already been identified in 10 overarching projects but the council still has a further £30million to find in order to plug the gap.

Councillor Spencer Flower said: “We can’t just embrace the past and take a bit off the edges, we have got to fundamentally change the way we do things.”

• Tomorrow we have a special report on Dorset County County’s mission to find that extra £30million in three years.

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7:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

May as well put up a sign saying Dorset closed until further notice. How much longer can the Goverment keep cutting. What about taking back the tax cuts the rich got and put that money into our services.
May as well put up a sign saying Dorset closed until further notice. How much longer can the Goverment keep cutting. What about taking back the tax cuts the rich got and put that money into our services. smilealoft44
  • Score: 8

7:42am Mon 13 Jan 14

arlbergbahn says...

Surely the time has come to change the system of local government so that it doesn't have to rely on what is without doubt an utterly hopeless central government, so utterly obsessed with the dogma of "Cuts to Get the Economy Back On Track" that they neglect the most basic aspects of running the country to an almost criminal extent. This is why local government is always so hopelessly feeble and unimaginative, they're just caught up in this spiral of hopelessness, they're unable to think of ways of making money through imaginative and enterprising ideas (apart from "car parking revenue", of course), all they can think of, like their masters in Government, is Cuts.
Surely the time has come to change the system of local government so that it doesn't have to rely on what is without doubt an utterly hopeless central government, so utterly obsessed with the dogma of "Cuts to Get the Economy Back On Track" that they neglect the most basic aspects of running the country to an almost criminal extent. This is why local government is always so hopelessly feeble and unimaginative, they're just caught up in this spiral of hopelessness, they're unable to think of ways of making money through imaginative and enterprising ideas (apart from "car parking revenue", of course), all they can think of, like their masters in Government, is Cuts. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 4

8:28am Mon 13 Jan 14

woodsedge says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
Surely the time has come to change the system of local government so that it doesn't have to rely on what is without doubt an utterly hopeless central government, so utterly obsessed with the dogma of "Cuts to Get the Economy Back On Track" that they neglect the most basic aspects of running the country to an almost criminal extent. This is why local government is always so hopelessly feeble and unimaginative, they're just caught up in this spiral of hopelessness, they're unable to think of ways of making money through imaginative and enterprising ideas (apart from "car parking revenue", of course), all they can think of, like their masters in Government, is Cuts.
Absolutely spot on assessment of the pressures on local government. Individuals are quick to criticise local councillors but when all you are tasked with is decimating local services, how the hell can they be expected to provide any succession planning? If is about time working people stopped kicking lumps put of each other and focused on a coalition government that is hell bent on slash and burn. Seventy billion pounds of unclaimed tax every year and this joke of a government cuts jobs in HMRC. Are working people talking about the disgrace of tax avoidance? no because the Tory propaganda machine has us talking about immigration. Wake up the UK before it is to late!
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: Surely the time has come to change the system of local government so that it doesn't have to rely on what is without doubt an utterly hopeless central government, so utterly obsessed with the dogma of "Cuts to Get the Economy Back On Track" that they neglect the most basic aspects of running the country to an almost criminal extent. This is why local government is always so hopelessly feeble and unimaginative, they're just caught up in this spiral of hopelessness, they're unable to think of ways of making money through imaginative and enterprising ideas (apart from "car parking revenue", of course), all they can think of, like their masters in Government, is Cuts.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on assessment of the pressures on local government. Individuals are quick to criticise local councillors but when all you are tasked with is decimating local services, how the hell can they be expected to provide any succession planning? If is about time working people stopped kicking lumps put of each other and focused on a coalition government that is hell bent on slash and burn. Seventy billion pounds of unclaimed tax every year and this joke of a government cuts jobs in HMRC. Are working people talking about the disgrace of tax avoidance? no because the Tory propaganda machine has us talking about immigration. Wake up the UK before it is to late! woodsedge
  • Score: 7

12:30pm Mon 13 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

Sell the new offices and send the leased vans and cars back for a start!
Sell the new offices and send the leased vans and cars back for a start! westbaywonder
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

westbaywonder wrote:
Sell the new offices and send the leased vans and cars back for a start!
.. completely agree. The new WDDC offices are a disgraceful example of self-indulgent waste. Abolish direct labour forces and put services out to competitive tendering. In fact abolish the WDDC and the WPBC. Don't we only need the DCC and the town & parish councils? then you can cut our property tax !!
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: Sell the new offices and send the leased vans and cars back for a start![/p][/quote].. completely agree. The new WDDC offices are a disgraceful example of self-indulgent waste. Abolish direct labour forces and put services out to competitive tendering. In fact abolish the WDDC and the WPBC. Don't we only need the DCC and the town & parish councils? then you can cut our property tax !! Tinker2
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

They could save money not dreaming up the so-called 'road improvements' which seem to designed to hinder rather than improve the flow of traffic.
Some examples are at West Bay and the southern end of Preston Road.
They could save money not dreaming up the so-called 'road improvements' which seem to designed to hinder rather than improve the flow of traffic. Some examples are at West Bay and the southern end of Preston Road. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Uptonian2 says...

So how much does it actually cost to run Dorset County's services, someone must know?

DCC must find out exactly the total amount of what is needed, you give that figure to the Government they give you the cash and I cannot see for the life of me why or how this is happening. Where is the cash going?

They shouldn't be allowed to dictate what we get unless all avenues have been exhausted and that proof has been made to the fact that there is no money.

The Gov't doesn't seem to be or doesn't want to be responsible for anything including our money.

If they took away the Government tomorrow would we still be in our Jobs?
So how much does it actually cost to run Dorset County's services, someone must know? DCC must find out exactly the total amount of what is needed, you give that figure to the Government they give you the cash and I cannot see for the life of me why or how this is happening. Where is the cash going? They shouldn't be allowed to dictate what we get unless all avenues have been exhausted and that proof has been made to the fact that there is no money. The Gov't doesn't seem to be or doesn't want to be responsible for anything including our money. If they took away the Government tomorrow would we still be in our Jobs? Uptonian2
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Uptonian2 says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
They could save money not dreaming up the so-called 'road improvements' which seem to designed to hinder rather than improve the flow of traffic.
Some examples are at West Bay and the southern end of Preston Road.
Kingston maurwood roundabout.......lol
!
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: They could save money not dreaming up the so-called 'road improvements' which seem to designed to hinder rather than improve the flow of traffic. Some examples are at West Bay and the southern end of Preston Road.[/p][/quote]Kingston maurwood roundabout.......lol ! Uptonian2
  • Score: 1

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