Timing the cuts

Cuts, cuts, cuts.

Oh if we could jump in a time machine to see the effects over the next five years. I am not convinced it will be positive….

Portsmouth cuts include domestic abuse support

Portsmouth City Council has voted in favour of £11m worth of cuts, including a £180,000 reduction in support for domestic abuse victims, as part of its 2016/17 budget. It needs to cut £31m overall over the next three years. Campaigners claim the budget cuts were “literally playing with people’s lives”. BBC News

Fire service cuts approved
Cutbacks to fire cover across North Yorkshire have been approved despite a public survey which delivered an overwhelmingly negative response to the proposals. Up to six traditional fire engines are to be replaced with smaller tactical response vehicles with a loss of about 40 fire-fighter jobs after North Yorkshire Fire Authority voted the changes through by a majority of 10 to six. Yorkshire Post, Page: 2

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Cutting news

Recently, in the news…..

Chancellor exacerbates North-South divideCommunities and Local Government Select Committee member Jo Cox MP criticises the Chancellor’s move to scrap the local government grant in favour of devolving business rates, arguing that it will only reinforce existing inequalities between North and South. She also argues that the power to raise council tax by 2% for social care will not be enough to plug the funding gap. Yorkshire Post, Page: 11
Consultants to find £20m worth of cuts
London-based iMPOWER Consulting Ltd has been awarded a contract by Hull City Council to deliver up to £20m savings over five years. The consultants will be paid up to £170,000 to deliver a business case, with further “complementary consultancy” at a cost of up to £245,000.
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cutting consequences

Interesting that welfare cuts, local authority loans and tax credit cuts are having a negative effect…..

Tax credit cut will hit ethnic minorities

An FT analysis of official data shows cuts to tax credits in Wednesday’s Budget are likely to hit Britain’s ethnic minority communities disproportionately hard. Recent government data show that while tax credits constitute 2% of weekly household income for white households, this rises to 6% for black households and 10% for households of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin. Elsewhere, Polly Toynbee disputes suggestions that raising wages can fill the gap left by planned cuts. She points out that low-paid workers would need a 26% pay rise to compensate for loss of tax credits.

Banks make £1bn from local authority loans

The Channel 4 documentary Dispatches: How Councils Blow Your Millions, which aired last night, claims banks have made more than £1bn in upfront profits on local authority loans. The programme has established that at least 12 councils have the most expensive Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans, which are tied to complex interest rate derivatives set up by the banks.

Bristol families facing homelessness treble in one year

The number of families facing homelessness in Bristol more than trebled in the past year, according to Bristol City Council. It said it had placed 140 families in emergency accommodation at a cost of £3.2m. Last year the figure was 40.

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