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UPDATED - More Cutbacks At Bucks County Council, On Top of the 52 Million!

UPDATED - More Cutbacks At Bucks County Council, On Top of the 52 Million!

6:06am 28th July 2010
(Updated 11:24am 10th August 2010)

Plans by Buckinghamshire County council to cut an extra 9 million pounds from the budget have been unveiled.
 
It is on top of the 52 million pounds worth of cuts already expected over the next 4 years.

It comes as Bucks County Council this week agreed to outsource its ICT department which could result in a number of job cuts.  There is also an anxious wait for staff in the HR, finance and property management departments.

Proposals (revealed today) included:

  • £113,000 reduction is support for carers.
  • £30,000 reduction in the book fund for the purchase of new books.
  • £50,000 reduction in community equipment.
  • £509,000 reduction in grants to support extended services in schools (preventative work).
  • £200,000 reduction in preventative work with women and children at risk of domestic abuse.
  • £350,000 reduction in Connexions contract reducing careers guidance in schools.
  • £29,000 reduction of January Guarantee scheme (for 16 and 17 year olds not in education, employment, training).
  • £100,000 reduction of support work in children’s centre’s.
  • £47,000 10% cut in contact centre advisors through 'vacancy control reducing'.
  • £362,000 reduction in road safety acitivities.
  • £31,000 reduction to road maintenance, i.e fixing potholes.
  • £106,000 from the Budget to the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership which manage speed cameras.

The revised budget will be discussed by the full council on Thursday.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL MEETING AGENDA


CLICK HERE FOR A REPORT INTO WHERE CUTS COULD BE MADE

Buckinghamshire County Council manage things like the schools and roads and the extra 9 million pounds worth of cuts is down to an increase in the costs of protecting vulnerable children and less money from government.

Leader David Shakespeare (pictured) admits the 9 million is on top of the 52 million they have already said they will cut in the next 4 years.

Councillor Shakespeare said "The local spending pressures and loss of the Area Based Grant are a significant blow to our current year's budget. We have no choice but to make reductions in our budgets, to ensure we are not spending council taxpayers' money which we do not have. These are unprecedented times, and local authorities have to make unprecedented decisions. We have considered long and hard as to how we can achieve these savings with as little impact possible on services, residents and staff. Wherever possible, we have tried to make savings through service delivery, however some posts will be put at risk."

The Council is also looking at outsourcing ICT, Finance, HR and facilities management to help save money.

A spokesperson for the council said "Cabinet decided to deliver a phased approach for ICT, Finance and HR services. The first phase will focus on implementing new processes, technologies and self service as well as reviewing existing contracts to get better value.  It is with regret that this phase will mean reducing the number of people delivering these services.  Future phases will consider outsourcing as a viable option.  For ICT, this could involve moving to ‘cloud computing,’ which gives the flexibility of buying ICT services as needed rather than having a traditional long term contract with a single supplier providing dedicated services."

"Earlier a decision was made to go out to tender for Property, which includes facilities management functions such as buildings surveying and security as well as strategic asset management which involves managing the Council’s property portfolio.  The immediate focus will be on facilities management, with work on strategic asset management expected to begin later this year."

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