Sedgemoor councillors propose cut solutions

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 December 2010

The council needs to make up a £1.4million funding gap

The council needs to make up a £1.4million funding gap

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SEDGEMOOR District Council’s governing party has made its proposals on how to close its £1.4million funding gap.

The Conservative administration, which is expecting to lose around 100 council staff, is hoping to face up to the cutbacks by undertaking a variety of different cost-saving projects.

The proposals from the Conservative councillors include a variety of ongoing projects, which are hoped to account for £800,000 of the gap.

Councillors are hoping that parish and town councils in the district will be able to pay for some services, such as dog bins and floral decorations by raising their precepts (orders for payment).

They also hope that £250,000 of the money can be found by buying ‘smarter, better and cheaper’ in certain departments, such as IT, building maintenance and construction and agency staff.

Other proposals include hiking certain fees and charges to meet the VAT rise, freezing council recruitment and looking at the cost-effectiveness of certain areas, including car parking, personnel, payroll and training, and development management.

The remaining £600,000 of the savings are proposed to be met by staff savings, amending support services and cutting back on the level of some services.

The final decision on where the cuts will come will be at a meeting of the council on February 16.

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