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Old November 10th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #281
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Council to save £13m next year

From the Newcastle City Council web site @ https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/co...s13m-next-year
Council to save £13m next year
10 November 2017



Newcastle City Council will have to save more than £13m next year and raise council tax in order to set a balanced budget.

This means our city will have lost £282 million by 2020.

How the money could be saved is set out in a series of proposals in the report, Newcastle 2020: Investing in a fairer future – One year on, now available on the council’s website at: www.newcastle.gov.uk/budget The public have until 7 January 2018 to comment on the proposals.

The draft budget is the second of a three-year plan that the council published last year. It proposes a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax and three per cent rise in the Government’s social care precept which is used to pay for social care. About 40 full-time jobs will go – many of them vacancies – although the council will work closely with the trade unions to try and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “For the last seven years we have suffered some of the highest cuts in the country, and sadly next year will be no different. We are an ambitious council. Our transformation of services and good financial stewardship have helped minimise the impact, but Government cuts are such that the decisions we have to make will still be very painful. Add to that the uncertainty of Brexit, public sector pay and the misery of welfare reform and it’s not hard to see why so many people are worried about the future. We will secure the future of services and facilities by exploring new models of delivery such as shared services; a charitable trust for our parks and investing in new affordable housing. The future will be tough, but we have a plan, and ambitions to unlock new investment through devolution which will keep the city in a strong position.”

In order to meet its savings of £13.3m the council proposes to, among other things:

* Cut its contribution to Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums by £150,000
* Increase garden waste charges from £1 to £2 per collection
* Reduce its contribution to Newcastle Gateshead Initiative by £40,000
* Save £2.6m by developing new ways of caring for adults with complex needs

However, it will continue to invest in the city with an ambitious £380m capital investment programme which will see:

* The construction of 1,000 affordable new homes
* 150 specialist homes for older people and those with disabilities and complex needs
* A new centre in West Denton for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to support people currently living outside the city
* Shared services to deliver savings on electronic transactions
* Hosting major events such as the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 which will give a huge economic boost to the economy

A post consultation budget report detailing feedback will be presented to Cabinet on 19 February 2018 for consideration. Council meets on 7 March 2018 to debate and set the budget.

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Budget 2018/19 - Newcastle 2020 - Investing in a fairer future - One year on

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Our massive budget challenge

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Our massive budget challenge
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Our video helps explain the massive financial challenge Gateshead Council is facing to set a balanced budget. Huge reductions in government funding, increasing costs, more demand for our services and increasing funding pressures means that in the future, the council must and will change.


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Old December 6th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #283
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Cabinet to discuss future of four South Tyneside libraries

From today's Shields Gazette @ https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...ries-1-8895554
Cabinet to discuss future of four South Tyneside libraries
Lisa Nightingale 6 December 2017


Boldon Lane Library

Four libraries could be saved from closure after groups have stepped forward to take over the running of the buildings.

The future of Boldon lane, Primrose, East Boldon and Whitburn were all left hanging in the balance after council chiefs announced, earlier this year, funding for them would be pulled in December. The move is part of a wide-range of cost-cutting measures being brought in by the council in a bid to save cash due to government cutbacks in financial support.

Petitions were launched and a plea was made for voluntary groups to step forward to take them over in a last ditch attempt to stop them from being closed. Now, following an extensive consultation which took place between June and September, the council is working with four community organisations who have stepped forward to take over the running of the branch libraries.

If the takeovers are agreed at Cabinet next week, the council will look to enter into long-term arrangements for the libraries which will see Action Stations running Boldon Lane Library; Friends of East Boldon Library taking on East Boldon Library; Perth Green CA looking after Primrose Library and Friends of Whitburn Library taking over Whitburn Library.

Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure said “Communities across South Tyneside have come forward to work in partnership with us to protect our libraries. I am delighted at the response we have had and I am confident that the borough’s community libraries are viable in the long term. The public sector as a whole faces unprecedented financial challenges. At South Tyneside, our core government funding has been reduced by almost 50 per cent since 2010. By working hand in hand with the people of the borough we have been able to find a resolution which should provide a comprehensive sustainable service going forward.”

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Newcastle residents feeling the impact of austerity cuts

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Newcastle residents feeling the impact of austerity cuts
14 December 2017

Massive cuts in Government funding are affecting how Newcastle residents feel about living in their city. By 2020, Government funding to the city will have fallen by £282 million – cuts equating to £268 per person in Newcastle, compared to an average of £131 per person in England.

A survey of residents commissioned by Newcastle City Council demonstrates growing concerns about the state of public services, following years of austerity funding cuts to services provided by the Council.

Newcastle residents are becoming more pessimistic about their financial prospects over the next 12 months, with almost as many (22%) feeling their financial circumstances will get worse as those (23%) who believe they will improve. Also, whilst the great majority of residents (85%) are satisfied with their home as a place to live, there was a 6% fall in the numbers of residents who are satisfied with their affordability.

The survey identified a 13% increase (since 2015) in the number of residents reporting rubbish or litter as a problem and a 9% fall in resident satisfaction with the cleanliness of Newcastle’s streets. 58% residents wanted to see improvement in street cleaning as a top priority.44% of residents reported being dissatisfied with the state of Newcastle’s roads and pavements and whilst a majority (56%) of residents are satisfied with refuse and waste collection, satisfaction levels have fallen over the last two years. Despite this, 76% of residents in the Survey were satisfied with Newcastle as a place to live.

Cllr Veronica Dunn, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Since the start of austerity, Newcastle Council has warned of the damage caused by unfair and disproportionate cuts. The council has played a key role in national lobbying efforts to stand up to austerity, and will continue to challenge this Government on the need to invest in our services. There are many positives in the Survey findings and it is gratifying to see that 73% agree that their local community is one where people from different backgrounds get on well together. However, the sheer scale of the cuts makes it impossible for the Council to deliver the same level of services – and it is no surprise that the proportion of residents who feel they are getting good value for money is falling. We are doing our very best to minimise the impacts of the funding cuts on the city, particularly for our most vulnerable communities. However, it is clear that many people are feeling real change in the way that the Council is able provide services and this is causing increasing dissatisfaction. Listening to public concerns and responding to need is more important than ever in these challenging times and that is exactly what we will be doing as a council.

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/ne...austerity-cuts
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Interactive budget simulator.

Press release from Newcastle City Council @ https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/in...dget-simulator
Interactive budget simulator.
23 October 2018



Residents are being invited to help decide how to cut £20m from its budget as it continues to grapple with government cuts. They are being given access to an award-winning online tool developed by Newcastle City Council which allows them to take on the role of a councillor and decide where to make cuts while setting a balanced budget. Please follow this link https://www.letstalkbudget.org.uk/ to take part.

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/in...dget-simulator


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Residents are being invited to help decide how to cut £20m from its budget as it continues to grapple with government cuts. To submit a budget visit https://www.letstalkbudget.org.uk/.


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Shaping our future together

Press release from Newcastle City Council @ https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/sh...uture-together
Shaping our future together
9 November 2018

Newcastle City Council announced today it will have to save £60m to set balanced budgets over the next three years.

It will take to £327m the amount of money the authority will have saved since 2010 due to austerity.

Today the council set out detailed proposals on how it plans to bridge the £20m gap next year and broad proposals for years two and three. It is also keen to find out what the public think of its proposals at: www.newcastle.gov.uk/budget Alternatively, people can have a go at setting their own budget using the council’s budget simulator at www.letstalkbudget.org.uk

It is proposing a council tax rise of 2.95 per cent and implementing the Government’s 1 per cent Adult Social Care Precept meaning an extra 3.95 per cent rise in bills for residents.

About 100 jobs will go over the next three years – about 40 next year - but the council will work closely with the trade unions to try and avoid compulsory redundancies.

In order to reach next year’s savings target, it proposes, among other things:

• Reviewing disabled parking to ensure there is adequate provision and, charging Blue Badge holders for parking in multi-storeys and off-street car parks
• Reducing the Shopmobility service from six days per week to three and ending free parking for scheme members
• Reviewing Sunday and evening parking charges
• Closing the City Library at 5pm three days a week and not opening on Sundays
• Continue to reduce our financial contribution to Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums leading to five Bank Holiday closures for Discovery Museum and Laing Art Gallery
• Charge for replacing general waste and recycling wheelie bins in line with our previous announcement
• We will continue to develop the support for adults with complex needs, including providing new schemes.

To maintain Newcastle as an attractive place for investment and job creation we will continue to innovate in service delivery, provide services with partners, and invest in capital schemes such as housing and roads – money that cannot legally be used for services but creates jobs and attracts private investment.

An extensive consultation has begun and will run until January 6 2019.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “The Prime Minister has announced the end of austerity but there are still big cuts to local government to come. The savings we will have to make over the next three years will bite deeper into the vital services people depend upon.

“Some councils have already gone bust but Newcastle took a long hard look into the future and confronted the painful decisions. This has put us in a sound financial position. It has enabled us to carry on caring for the most vulnerable and maintain facilities like leisure centres, swimming pools and parks with our partners. However, we continue to face rising demand with fewer resources particularly in social care. This gets harder and harder and means that an ever-increasing proportion of the council’s budget is spent on supporting vulnerable people.

“Although the challenges we face are huge, I am confident that if our partners and communities continue to work with us we can overcome them. We have shown time and time again that our city comes together in times of crisis and great stress. Despite austerity, Newcastle is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. More and more people are choosing to live here and with capital investment from the council and our private sector partners, not to mention our ambitious Devolution deal, the city can face the future with confidence.”

Apart from making cuts, the council will also seek new ways of raising income for when Government funding ceases altogether after 2020.

This includes:

• Increasing income from renting out more office space at the Civic Centre
• Increase council tax on empty properties in line with legislation. This will be used to exempt people up to 25 years old who were in council care from paying council tax
• Increase income through selling advertising and sponsorship including bridge banners and large format digital advertising

To take part in the consultation, the public can have a go at setting the council’s budget themselves through its online budget simulator www.letstalkbudget.org.uk or visit www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk to comment on the proposals.

Cabinet will consider the medium-term plan for 2019-20 to 2021-22 on Monday, November 19.

The public and partners will be able to have their say until January 6 2019. The feedback will be considered, and a new report will go before Cabinet on February 11 reflecting any changes. Cabinet will be asked to recommend the budget to full council on Wednesday, March 6.

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Cabinet agrees to consult on three-year plan

Press release from Newcastle City Council @ https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/ca...hree-year-plan
Cabinet agrees to consult on three-year plan
20 November 2018



Newcastle City Council has given the go-ahead to start a major consultation into proposals to save £60m.

The authority needs to save the money over three years starting with £20m next year.

From 2010-2022 the authority will have saved £327m due to cost pressures and cuts in Government grant.

The public have until January 6 2019 to tell the council what they think of the proposals outlined in a series of documents on the council’s website. They can do this through a variety of channels. They can visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/budget and

Complete a survey or
Set out their spending priorities by using the online budget simulator

At a meeting today (Monday Nov 19) Cabinet agreed to consult on 2.95 per cent rise in council tax and implementation of a 1 per cent rise in the Government’s 1 per cent Adult Social Care Precept meaning an extra 3.95 per cent rise in bills for residents.

The £3.1m raised in council tax would be spent on vital frontline services and Adult Social Care Precept on social care.

Council leader, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “Although the Prime Minister has announced the end of austerity the Government is still making huge cuts to local government. Some councils have already gone bust but Newcastle took a long hard look into the future and confronted the painful decisions. This has put us in a sound financial position.

“However, due to the continuation of austerity we have more painful decisions that must be taken to set a balanced budget. We do not have all the answers so are keen to consult with residents, businesses and partners for ideas that they may have. This willingness to listen has helped us save many facilities across the city over the years and I am confident Newcastle will have a bright future if we continue to work together. I would urge people to take part in our consultation.”

To reach next year’s savings target, it proposes, among other things:

Reviewing disabled parking to ensure there is adequate provision and, charging Blue Badge holders for parking in multi-storeys and off-street car parks
Reducing the Shopmobility service from six days per week to three and ending free parking for scheme members
Reviewing Sunday and evening parking charges
Closing the City Library at 5pm three days a week and not opening on Sundays
Continue to reduce our financial contribution to Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums leading to five Bank Holiday closures for Discovery Museum and Laing Art Gallery
Charge for replacing general waste and recycling wheelie bins in line with our previous announcement
We will continue to develop the support for adults with complex needs, including providing new schemes.

About 100 jobs will go over the next three years – about 40 next year - but the council will work closely with the trade unions to try and avoid compulsory redundancies.

To maintain Newcastle as an attractive place for investment and job creation we will continue to innovate in service delivery, provide services with partners, and invest in capital schemes such as housing and roads – money that cannot legally be used for services but creates jobs and attracts private investment.

The public and partners will be able to have their say until January 6 2019. The feedback will be considered, and a new report will go before Cabinet on February 11 reflecting any changes. Cabinet will be asked to recommend the budget to full council on Wednesday, March 6.

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/ca...hree-year-plan
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Consultation begins on proposals to close £29 million gap

Press release from Gateshead Council @ https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article...29-million-gap
Consultation begins on proposals to close £29 million gap
20 November 2018



Today Gateshead Council launched a public consultation to seek views on proposals to close a £29 million funding gap next year (2019-20).

The Council continues to face unprecedented financial challenges with significant cuts in government funding, combined with increasing spending costs, particularly in relation to social care to support vulnerable children and adults.

Gateshead Council Leader Martin Gannon said: "The challenge to set a balanced budget has never been harder. Massive government cuts to our funding, rising demand for services, on top of the £157 million we have already saved since 2010, means we have some very difficult decisions to make in how we close our £29 million budget gap next year. It's areas like Gateshead where there are people living in poverty, struggling to feed their families and unable to look after themselves that some of the highest cuts have been made. We now have £900 less to spend per household than we did just eight years ago so we can no longer provide the services to residents that we once did."

"We're sorry that some services can't be delivered the way that they were eight years ago. But with the money we do have, it's only right that we take care of those in our communities that need it most. If the government say that austerity is over, that's just not true in Gateshead. Changes to government policies like welfare reforms are having a cumulative and devastating impact on the very people they should be protecting.

"There is a £29 million gap. Currently over two thirds of the Council's budget has to be spent on the most vulnerable young and old in the borough. What remains won't stretch to provide the services that we provide now, so people need to let us know what's important and what they think we should and shouldn't do to help manage the shortfall."

Between now and 11 January, local people can give their views on the proposals.

https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article...29-million-gap
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Newcastle hit harder than most by cuts - and council leader warns it could get worse

A new report by the think tank 'Centre of Cities' has found that Newcastle has been one of the hardest hit places in the country - and Nick Forbes has warned Government changes could make things worse. People living in Newcastle have watched their local services get cut to the bone. The report by Centre for Cities has found Newcastle City Council spending has shrunk by more than a quarter, after nearly a decade of cuts to its budget.

Government-imposed funding reductions have meant all local authorities have had less to spend on services - but Newcastle residents have suffered almost twice as much as the national average. Since 2009/10, Newcastle City Council's shrinking budget means it has spent £568 less per person on things like public toilets, libraries and street cleaning. Newcastle has been the sixth hardest hit of every city in the country, with Northern cities faring much worse than cities in the South West, East of England and South East, excluding London.

There is a very real risk that many of our largest councils will in the near future become little more than 'Social Care' providers.

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