Community Services Identifies Big Budget Savings

The Town Hall

The Town Hall

The Council’s Community Services Committee has found savings of around £190,000 from their budget this year.

That committee oversees Park House, the library, children’s services and the sports facilities.

Community Services Director, Penny Penn Howard says this has come about by not filling vacancies or covering maternity leave, and spending less on travel.

However, it falls short of the £600,000 of savings that she told members she’d identified back in July.

Chairman Richard McCarthy said that figure will also include a saving from Children’s Services, which aren’t covered by his committee.

Richard says the budget managers have worked hard to find a range of reductions and if this saving can be delivered it represents around 10% of the total Community Services budget.

Officers have also said they can reduce the department’s bill by £114,000 in subsequent years.

That’s important because the Council is facing a year-on-year overspend of over £600,000, and if they can’t get this down this, they’ll run out of cash by 2016.

Other committees are currently going through a similar process to identify savings.

Committee Chair Richard McCarthy said the budget managers had worked hard to find a range of reductions.

He said if this saving could be delivered it represented around 10% of the total Community Services budget.

Officers have also said they can reduce the department’s bill by £114,000 in subsequent years.

That’s important because the Council is facing a year-on-year overspend of over £600,000, and if they can’t get this down, they’ll run out of cash by 2016.

Other committees are currently going through a similar process to identify savings.



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