The true cost of Osborne’s costs on a local level – the next year will be interesting…

Middlesbrough bids to save £56m

Middlesbrough has outlined proposed cuts to services as it looks to save £56m from its budget over the next three years. Middlesbrough mayor Dave Budd blamed a “savage” reduction in Government funding. He also said there would be redundancies at the local authority, but would not reveal how many. Proposals include changes to care services, which the local authority believes could save £600,000 in the 2016/17 financial year, and a further £580,000 reduction from changes in the way some leisure services are provided. A review of “back office functions” such as HR and ITC have also been identified as bringing savings of about £900,000 over the same period.

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Derby facing “tragic” budget cuts

Ninety job losses and “horrendous” cuts to council services including homelessness support and festive lights are being forced on Derby City Council, its leader says. The authority says it needs to save £45m over the next three years. Leader of the labour-run council Ranjit Banwait said the cuts were “tragic”.

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 Shanty town warning

Following Oxfordshire County Council proposal to cut £1.5m from its budget for homelessness services, the charity Oxford Homeless Pathways has claimed that the cuts will lead to homeless people in the city living in shanty towns.

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Lets hope these councils make the best of a bad job by Government.

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Politically driven voter apathy

The problem with local politics is that there is no-one under the age of 68 who is willing to be a councillor. I quote this from a district councillor. As a result some crazy decisions and utterances are heard, which often exclude the potential wishes of the younger generation and may lead to planning decisions that allow a higher than average number of John Lewis Stores to pop up in a small area. He believes the solution is for councillors to be paid to do their job then younger people may be interested. I am interested in local politics but I am paid a very small amount to fill a time of my life that will require more substantial compensation for my time once my son is old enough to go to School.

However, if you look around you (and you are under the age of 68) think what could have been achieved if people in power were more representative of the age group of the current and next generations? When you start to think about it, it is actually quite frightening.

The party politics system is flawed too. Those who have worked in local Government will ask you, come polling day, to vote for the person you believe has the right approach to tackling problems and creating new initiatives in your local area rather than the person who represents your favourite party – because chances are your favourite party may be represented locally by a complete muppet.

So when the politicians start moaning about voter apathy – is it any wonder?

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