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Saw this comment online the other day:

"The Government have pulled many millions from the Humber Sub Region in the last few weeks (£220 MILLION from the A63 Catle Street supported by Hull and the East Riding, £150 MILLION from Orchard Park, £90 MILLION from the Gateway scheme from Hull and the East Riding and 40% from the Building Schools for the Future amounting to £95 MILLION giving a total £555 MILLION cuts since this government put itself in to power".

So, Hull has seen £555 million of cuts already, not to mention Hull Forward as well.
I wonder if anyone from one of the other forums can tell us if their area has been affected this much too? it'd be interesting to know.
 

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I copied the below post over here, from the 'Hull and Humber' Forum.

As Dazzar86 says, it would be very interesting to see how "all four areas" get on (relatively) in terms of the current round of CUTS.

I thought this communal area of our forum would be the best place to discuss it.
 

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1,600 jobs will be axed by Durham County Council
December 15th 2010, by Adrian Pearson, The Journal



THE leader of the North East’s largest local authority has accused the Government of being “Robin Hood in reverse” after his council received a £100m funding cut.

Simon Henig last night said Durham County Council was left with no choice but to slash 1,600 jobs and cut services after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles hugely reduced council grants.

Mr Henig accused the Conservative MP of unfairly targeting deprivation hit parts of the North while softening the funding blow to many Southern councils controlled by the Conservatives.

Almost £11m which could have been handed to Durham has been diverted to other councils.

While his authority losses some 14% of its budget for the next year, Mr Henig said councils, such as the relatively well-off Surrey, escaped with funding cuts worth less than 1% of their budgets.

He added: “This does not surprise me really. The Conservative Secretary of State has put together a programme of cuts which hits the poorest areas hardest and leaves large parts of the South relatively unhurt.

“If you look at Surrey County Council, they have escaped okay from this. What we are seeing is Robin Hood in reverse where the Government has taken from the poor to feed the rich.


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As I also put in the 'Hull & Humber' forum, similar to the Durham article above:

[For those of you who don't know, the East Riding of Yorkshire is split into two councils; Hull City Council and East Riding Council]

"Hull has to make savings of £40 million over ONE year, but the Tory run East Riding has to only save £30 million over FOUR years!??"
 

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As I also put in the 'Hull & Humber' forum, similar to the Durham article above:

[For those of you who don't know, the East Riding of Yorkshire is split into two councils; Hull City Council and East Riding Council]

"Hull has to make savings of £40 million over ONE year, but the Tory run East Riding has to only save £30 million over FOUR years!??"

Hi Dazzar86, now these cuts we are all facing are bad enough, but "inequality of treatment" can/will make it even worse.

How, do you think, that has happened?

OK, I don't know the full background, but it just doesn't seem remotely fair!
 

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Not sure how it's happened, but as the media is all based in the South and they're usually the outlet to kick up a fuss, they won't care about what is happening, so we won't hear much about it either IMO.

It seems like the Tories picked up a chart of the UK in the last election, saw which were red and which were blue on it. Blue got priority over red and Southern blues got priority over Northern blues.
 

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Click the link at the bottom of this post for most of the article, and a very interesting MAP of UK Local Authority Areas . . .

Councils' cuts put thousands of jobs at risk
Dec 14 2010 by Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle


Areas of Tyneside are on track for thousands of job losses as the Government confirms plans to swipe millions of pounds from town hall budgets.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has ordered council bosses to cut services by more than £100m next year.

But the MP has faced a fierce backlash after he was accused of dismissing desperate pleas from councils to slow down the pace of the cuts, as city leaders try to save some of the 5,000 jobs so far set to go.

Despite finding extra cash for social services, the Government has been criticised for pushing ahead with “staggering” cuts.

No service is safe from scrutiny as council accountants struggle to make the numbers add up.

With the announcement of how much cash is set to be stripped from their budgets, council chiefs are having to review all the services they provide with cost-cutting in mind.

From bin collection to grass cutting, care for older people and public libraries, everything is going under the microscope in the hunt for savings.

Mr Pickles said no council will lose more than 8.9% of its cash in the first year of cuts, but South Tyneside is among those which faces that harshest blow and it will make 1,200 posts redundant.

Some Southern Tory-run councils face cuts worth only 1%, but it looks as if Labour’s Tyneside heartland is preparing for years of belt-tightening. The Lib Dem-run Newcastle City Council alone will lose more than £26m, making life difficult for finance chiefs already preparing to make 2,000 posts redundant


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Losing out in the big divide
December 18th 2010, by Joanne Butcher, The Journal


A map of the UK, drawn up by The Journal, shows how the North East is losing out to affluent areas of the south in this week’s Government funding cuts.

Urban communities in the region are set to lose up to a fifth of Government funding, while leafy southern shires have cuts as low as 4%.

The Journal has put together a map to show the vast difference between spending cuts across the UK.

It shows that North East councils – already some of the UK’s poorest areas – will bear the brunt of slashed spending.

South Tyneside is worst affected, losing 21.5% of its government grants – the fifth highest cut in the whole of the UK.

Coun Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources at the council, said: “This is the toughest local government finance settlement in living memory and South Tyneside is one of the worst hit areas in the country.

“The settlement is far worse than we expected and has left us facing a £35m gap between what we need to spend next year and the funding we are going to have. Make no mistake, this budget will create hardship. We have been preparing for the worst and that is what we have got.

“We have been exploring efficiencies across all of our services but the scale of the reduction in our funding is so great that it will inevitably lead to cuts in services.

“We will continue to work closely with the trades unions and partners to approach these challenges together and to find ways of minimising the impact on our residents and our staff.”

Close behind were Sunderland, set to lose 19.5%, and Gateshead losing 19.3%. Newcastle will lose 18.2%, County Durham 18% and Northumberland 17.8%.

Least affected in the region is North Tyneside, which stands to lose 15.4% of grants.

But those figures are in stark contrast to areas such as Dorset, who will only lose 4%, and Surrey, which will lose 6.3%.

The map appears to contradict the claim of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that his cuts were “progressive” and “fair between different parts of the country”.

Some 20 of the 30 hardest-hit councils are run by Labour, and two more by Labour in coalition. By contrast, 28 of the 30 councils that will see the smallest cuts are Conservative-led.


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Losing out in the big divide
December 18th 2010, by Joanne Butcher, The Journal


A map of the UK, drawn up by The Journal, shows how the North East is losing out to affluent areas of the south in this week’s Government funding cuts.

Urban communities in the region are set to lose up to a fifth of Government funding, while leafy southern shires have cuts as low as 4%.

The Journal has put together a map to show the vast difference between spending cuts across the UK.

It shows that North East councils – already some of the UK’s poorest areas – will bear the brunt of slashed spending.

South Tyneside is worst affected, losing 21.5% of its government grants – the fifth highest cut in the whole of the UK.

Coun Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources at the council, said: “This is the toughest local government finance settlement in living memory and South Tyneside is one of the worst hit areas in the country.

“The settlement is far worse than we expected and has left us facing a £35m gap between what we need to spend next year and the funding we are going to have. Make no mistake, this budget will create hardship. We have been preparing for the worst and that is what we have got.

“We have been exploring efficiencies across all of our services but the scale of the reduction in our funding is so great that it will inevitably lead to cuts in services.

“We will continue to work closely with the trades unions and partners to approach these challenges together and to find ways of minimising the impact on our residents and our staff.”

Close behind were Sunderland, set to lose 19.5%, and Gateshead losing 19.3%. Newcastle will lose 18.2%, County Durham 18% and Northumberland 17.8%.

Least affected in the region is North Tyneside, which stands to lose 15.4% of grants.

But those figures are in stark contrast to areas such as Dorset, who will only lose 4%, and Surrey, which will lose 6.3%.

The map appears to contradict the claim of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that his cuts were “progressive” and “fair between different parts of the country”.

Some 20 of the 30 hardest-hit councils are run by Labour, and two more by Labour in coalition. By contrast, 28 of the 30 councils that will see the smallest cuts are Conservative-led.


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Nothing surprises with this Government, ----I think we were all expecting to take a big hit, --but these people are giving every Labour voting area a right kicking, ---wonder how Mr Pickles will explain how this is fair, ---of course they will come up with some clap trap.
 

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Achieve cuts by taking out wasteful managers, says Pickles
By Rob Merrick, Wednesday 22nd December 2010

THE region’s town hall leaders are “stupid” if they cannot cope with the most savage cuts to their budgets in generations, a Cabinet minister claimed yesterday. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles turned his fire on council bosses who have warned of painful cuts to services, insisting they would be guilty of negligence if that happened.

Giving evidence to a committee of MPs, Mr Pickles again insisted the draconian cuts – announced last week – could be achieved by taking out a wasteful layer of middle management. And he warned that council leaders – not himself – would be the target of the public’s anger if they axe libraries, leisure centres and care services, rather than get rid of managers.

From next month, all councils will be expected, although not legally required, to publish all items of spending above £500 on their websites – which ministers are convinced will reveal scandalous waste to local voters. Mr Pickles said: “It will be a very brave decision, in the ‘Yes Minister’ sense, to cut front-line services if you have not tackled the layer of middle management that exists in local authorities.” On the scale of cuts, the Communities Secretary insisted: “You would have to be beyond the point of negligence – to the point of stupidity – as a local government leader or official, if you were not expecting cuts of this magnitude.”

Almost all the region’s councils have warned of cuts to services, faced with grant reductions of up to 17 per cent next year – with further pain to come in succeeding years. Durham County Council must find more than £100m of savings, warning of 1,600 job losses and admitting that libraries, museums, theatres, welfare rights, youth centres and leisure are all at risk.

Mr Pickles has been accused of agreeing to deeper departmental cuts than other ministers to curry favour with David Cameron and because of an ideological crusade to hack back public spending.

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Government criticised over funding shortfall
December 31st 2010, Evening Chronicle


A council is facing a £14m budget black hole to cover the cost of slashing jobs.

The Government has announced it will only fund 38% of what local authorities requested to pay for job cuts.

In Newcastle that means the city council is facing being left with a massive bill and could have to look at scaling back its enhanced redundancy terms for workers leaving.

Council bosses and union leaders have criticised the move, saying it will mean councils having to make deeper cuts to pay for redundancies.

City council chiefs announced in October that 2,000 jobs would go as they try to deal with a budget cut of £100m over four years.

Of the 1,000 jobs due to be axed over the next year to 18 months, bosses believe 800 will be redundancies.

Based on the council’s enhanced redundancy agreement, they are predicting costs totaling £17.6m. But the Government has told city chiefs they will only allow them to use borrowing to fund £3.8m, leaving it with £13.8m costs to meet.


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I doubt Chris is arguing against free speech - as he says, Labour should simply "take a long hard look at themselves", which in this case they certainly should. It's childish rubbish like this that makes people sick of politics.
What makes me sick is the unfair treatment of the North East by this coaliton government.

North East efforts to create work crippled by £33m cuts

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Northumberland council chiefs upset by services threat
January 3rd 2011, by David Black, The Journal


ANGER has erupted after grass roots councils across Northumberland were asked to rescue valued local services that are facing the axe under a £110m cost-cutting drive.

Scores of town and parish councils have been told that unless they agree to take over a range of duties from County Hall this year, the services could be significantly reduced or even scrapped completely.

Yesterday, county council bosses were accused of trying to “blackmail” their town and parish colleagues into saving threatened services at the 11th hour.

The unitary authority is facing the budget cut over the next four years and £60m must be found in 2011/12.

Services that it now wants town and parish councils to take over from April include youth provision, parks, playing fields and playgrounds, community centres, litter collection, grass cutting and public toilets.

A letter from County Hall says it is a “realistic possibility” that a number of services will either reduce or stop altogether, unless they are taken over.

Town and parish councils would have to increase their own spending to accept the extra responsibilities, but they are being warned that the alternative is to risk losing valued services.

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http://www.thisishullandeastriding....deep-cuts/article-3059142-detail/article.html

Guildhall maps out deep cuts: Minns set to unveil tough budget plans

FINANCIAL DECISIONS: Council leader Carl Minns was briefing his Liberal Democrat group today.
DETAILS of the deepest cuts in city council spending for a generation are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.

Council leader Carl Minns will outline the authority's proposed budget for the coming year as it faces a reduction in Government funding of about £50 million.

Despite the squeeze, he will confirm a freeze on council tax bills for the second year running.

That has been made possible by a one-off Government grant.

But the rest of the budget's headlines are likely to make grim reading.

As the Mail revealed, Councillor Minns has already indicated the council is set to launch a second voluntary redundancy programme after 110 staff were allowed to leave before Christmas following an initial round that attracted more than 1,000 initial expressions of interest.

He has yet to rule out compulsory redundancies although they have usually been regarded as a last resort at the Guildhall.

Staffing cuts are expected to be made alongside a continuing reduction in the number of buildings the council operates from.

Reduced opening times already approved for museums, some sports centres and customer service centres are also set to be rolled out to other premises, including libraries.

Frontline services, once regarded as virtually untouchable in local government, are also likely to come under pressure.

That could mean big changes in adult social care where the introduction of so-called personal budgets means that money once automatically given to councils to run services now goes straight to individuals and their carers instead.

Other more radical savings options, including shutting the Priory Park park-and- ride bus service, are believed to have been rejected during the budget preparation process.

Mr Minns said: "I am not going to make any comment before the budget details are officially released."

He was due to present a final draft of his budget proposals to the council's ruling Liberal Democrat group today.

Brian Strutton, general secretary of the GMB union, said: "The Local Government Association has predicted that 140,000 posts will be lost in local government in 2011-12 and that seems very realistic to us.

"It is going to be a very bleak 2011 for local council workers."


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^Hull is about to find out the damage in the next few days it seems.
What has annoyed me most is that George Osborne stated now is the time for this country to capitalise on tourism, whilst the pound is weak against other currencies, yet because Hull has received such huge cuts to it's budget, tourism, which brings a lot into the local economy as well as creating in-direct 'branch off' businesses such as cafe's from having extra people needing food/drink, is having to be put on the back foot and has seen Hull's museums and galleries turned into 'part-time' attractions with opening hours of only 4 hours per day! Thankfully The Deep isn't council/government owned, so hopefully people wil go there whilst waiting for the other museums to open.
 

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Thousands of public sector jobs under threat
January 4th 2011, by Andrew Glover, Evening Chronicle


LETTERS warning public sector workers they’re “at risk” of redundancy are landing on thousands of doormats across the North East.

They have been sent out as councils get to grips with millions of pounds being wiped from their budgets by the coalition Government. In the letters, staff are told a formal 90-day consultation period is under way.

Trade unions expect 30,000 public sector jobs to be axed in the North East over the next four years.

Gill Hale, regional secretary of the public sector union, Unison, said town halls were still making calculations and it could be some weeks before the full extent of redundancies is known. But she warned: “For some people 2011 is going to be a bleak year.

“It is a worrying time for everybody working in the public sector and the timing of the notices being sent out makes it all the more difficult for families, especially considering some families will have both parents working in the public sector.”


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The full extent of the Hull cuts are to be in tomorrow's Hull Daily Mail, but so far a little bit has come out today, which includes:
1,600 jobs to be axed ASAP
libraries to be merged
2 or 3 housing for the elderly to close.
and the closing of many council offices to reduce the number it uses.

along with this little gem:

Lights go out in council offices to save cash – bulbs may not be replaced

The Guildhall, home of Hull City Council.​COUNCIL staff in Hull could find themselves working in partially-lit offices as part of a cost-cutting drive.

A spending squeeze at the city council is forcing officials to put some repairs on standby.

As part of a new policy, faulty light bulbs in authority-owned buildings may not be replaced to help save money.

Immediate repairs will not be carried out in a room if more than half the lights are still working.

Instead, rooms with single lights and flickering bulbs will be given priority.

Faulty lights on stairways and landings will also receive a quicker response.

Council leader Carl Minns said the new criteria for replacing light bulbs was a “sensible way” to organise such repairs.

However, critics said they were unconvinced over how not immediately replacing light bulbs would save substantial amounts of cash.

Some have said the move could also lead to “sub-standard” lighting of offices.

The council, which is facing having to make £50 million of savings over the coming financial year, owns just over 300 buildings in the city.

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http://www.thisishullandeastriding....-replaced/article-3065860-detail/article.html
 

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A very specific, and potentially disastrous, impact of the cuts here . . .

£8m black hole in Newcastle Science City project
January 12th 2011, by Adrian Pearson, The Journal


SCIENCE City bosses face an £8m funding black hole after regeneration cash was pulled from the huge city centre jobs project.

Government spending chiefs have turned down a request by development agency One North East for permission to hand over the £8m it had promised for the Science Central building, in Newcastle. The refusal could threaten the next phase of the much overdue project, which is hoped will breathe new life into derelict areas of the city.

Project partners at Newcastle Council and Newcastle University have now been left searching for a means of replacing the money needed to keep the Science City masterplan on track.

The funding deficit has emerged despite a planning application for the initial funded work being submitted.

The Coalition Government is understood to have handed defunct RDA One North East just enough cash to pay off its current bills and no more for capital expenditure – including crucial schemes like Science City.

Science City leaders will now be forced to look for regeneration cash from Europe. Shadow Science Minister, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, accused the Treasury of sparking “total chaos” around the region’s most important regeneration scheme.

She said: “What this does is underline the asset chaos really. One North East will likely lose a lot of assets which could be kept in the region.


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City leaders accuse treasury over council cuts
January 13th 2011, by Adrian Pearson, The Journal


CITY leaders have accused the Treasury of deliberately withholding £2bn worth of councils funds which would save thousands of jobs.

As a result, says the region’s leading council treasurer, the North East has been handed a council settlement which leaves it subsidising the South.

Newcastle City Council spending chief Paul Woods, with the backing of his Liberal Democrat leaders, said the Treasury has deliberately underestimated how much money it can make from business rates – the cash used to fund most councils – and used this as an excuse to speed up the cuts programme.

Mr Woods has written to the Comptroller and Auditor General, head of the National Audit Office, asking why its figure for business rates show £21bn is likely to be raised, but the Treasury’s predicts only £19bn.

In a Newcastle City Council meeting last night to agree a £50m cuts report, which could see up to 2,000 jobs go, Mr Woods said the city loses £98 per head through Government cuts.

But councils in less deprived areas in the South have escaped the worst blows, with the likes of Surrey losing only £9 per head. “The North East is effectively subsidising the South,” Mr Woods said.


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'Cuts aren't hitting the North East too hard'
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, January 15th 20110



THE Prime Minister sparked outrage yesterday by claiming the North East has not been as hard hit as the South by the Government’s cuts.

And in an attempt to deflect blame from the Coalition’s budget cutting he questioned whether Newcastle Council chief executive Barry Rowland deserved his £165,000 pay packet – a salary Mr Cameron said was higher even than his own.

On a visit to the region, Mr Cameron insisted there was no North-South divide in the cuts, despite claims Newcastle is losing around £98 per head and Durham as much as £134 per head while the likes of Surrey escaped with just a £9 per head reduction.

Mr Cameron justified his claims with an example from his own constituency – Witney in Oxfordshire.

“My constituency is losing 23% of its grant, much more than anywhere in the North East and so I think the settlement is fair in that way,” he said.

Seen as a percentage Mr Cameron’s claims are correct, but The Journal can reveal the actual cash spending cut is tiny compared to those in the North.

While Newcastle City Council is losing £25m in one year, with rising costs bringing the shortfall up to £50m, the 23% cut to Mr Cameron’s West Oxfordshire council is worth just £775,000.

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