Council Facing Cut In Government Funding

The Town Hall

The council is facing a reduction in the amount of money it receives each year from the government.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday announced a two-year settlement for local authorities covering 2013-14 and 2014-15. Nationally, council spending has been cut on average by 1.7% this year and 3.8% in 2014-2015.

Cornwall received a cut of 1.8%, while Scilly’s payment is down 1.5%, which means a reduction of £71,455.

That leaves our council with £4,887,826 from next year’s central government grant.

But the islands did better than some councils. Eight authorities received the maximum 8.8% cut.

Vice chair of the council, Amanda Martin, said the latest budget settlement heralds a period of austerity for the authority.

Every department will have to do its utmost to reduce unnecessary expenditure and help balance the books in 2013 to 2014 and beyond, she says.


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