Coun­cil needs £8m sav­ings

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - LIZ BRAD­FIELD liz.brad­[email protected]­plc.com

BRID­GEND coun­cil (BCBC) still has to make £8m cuts next year to balance the books, de­spite ex­tra money from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, its coun­cil leader has said.

BRID­GEND coun­cil (BCBC) still has to make £8m cuts next year to balance the books, de­spite ex­tra money from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, its coun­cil leader has said.

Coun­cils across Wales have been bat­tling for ex­tra cash for the year ahead, warn­ing that vi­tal ser­vices will be af­fected due to on­go­ing bud­get cuts if they don’t re­ceive enough.

Last week Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Mark Drake­ford an­nounced fur­ther fund­ing for Welsh coun­cils mean­ing BCBC will re­ceive a bud­get cut of 0.3% rather than 0.6%.

How­ever coun­cil leader Huw David has said the lo­cal authority still has to find mil­lions of pounds of cuts and will still have to in­crease coun­cil tax.

Speak­ing at a full coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 21, he said: “While the ex­tra money that’s been al­lo­cated to some of our ser­vices is of course to be wel­comed we still have to make sav­ings of £8m next year to balance the books - it is go- ing to be dif­fi­cult to shield schools and so­cial ser­vices from re­duc­tions but we will do our level best.

“We are still crunch­ing the num­bers and we need to es­tab­lish what, if any, con­di­tions are at­tached to the fund­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately it is still a re­duc­tion in our rev­enue sup­port grant com­pared to last year.”

The ad­di­tional fund- ing in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment rev­enue set­tle­ment means that the coun­cil is set to re­ceive around £590k ex­tra than pre­vi­ously thought.

The lo­cal authority is also ex­pect­ing to re­ceive around £4m more for its cap­i­tal fund­ing projects be­tween now and 2020/21.

Coun­cil­lor David said: “This is cer­tainly good news be­cause we have a heav­ily sub­scribed cap­i­tal pro­gramme and we want to fund as many of those in­vest­ments as we can.”

Up­com­ing projects planned by BCBC in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of Salt Lake Car Park in Porth­cawl, an £8m high­ways de­pot at Water­ton and the sec­ond phase of new schools in the county un­der the 21st Cen­tury Schools Pro­gramme.

Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil

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