Ray Mallon blames Government for cuts

CUTS ANNOUNCED: Ray Mallon

CUTS ANNOUNCED: Ray Mallon

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Stockton/Hartlepool)

DRASTIC cuts of £11m to council services were recommended by Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon tonight.

At a meeting of Middlesbrough Council, the Mayor also came up with proposals to cut a further £2.4m, subject to a public consultation.

Previously, it had been announced that about 220 jobs will be lost as a result of the cuts.

Many of the cuts will affect children and disabled people, including school clothing grants for the poorest children, school transport costs for disabled children, school crossing patrols and Shopmobility.

Litter picking, street cleaning and bus service subsidies are also likely to be reduced.

However, the Mayor did announce that some services have won a reprieve after lobbying from the public.

The library at Hemlington will be saved, but will be run by volunteers.

Ayresome Industries, which employs disabled people, will also be saved, along with the CCTV service.

The Sunningdale mental health residential home remains on the list for closure despite a big public campaign, but the Mayor expressed his hope that the NHS could be persuaded to keep it going.

Mayor Mallon said the cuts were "depressing" and "not fair" and blamed the Government.

Addressing councillors, he said: "These cuts are too deep, too quick and too savage.

"Its all bad news and its going to get worse in future years.

"The public can get rid of all of you, and me, and it wont make any difference."

He said a letter had been sent to David Cameron complaining that the reductions to social deprivation grants had particularly affected places like Middlesbrough.

The Mayor indicated he would recommend a two per cent increase in council tax next year and decline the Government offer of a freeze as that would be storing up trouble for future years.

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12:04am Wed 19 Dec 12

spragger says...

Come on Mallon do something for the people who voted you in AND pay taxes
So much to go at, so little done
Come on Mallon do something for the people who voted you in AND pay taxes So much to go at, so little done spragger
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8:15am Wed 19 Dec 12

stevegg says...

"Its all bad news and its going to get worse in future years. The public can get rid of all of you, and me, and it wont make any difference." Unfortunately hes right, this is only the start of the squeeze on spending, the public and councils have virtually no control over whats going to happen, most cuts will be forced upon us. We are paying the price for almost 2 decades of a spending boom and are now in the bust phase. Unless we want to end up like Italy, Ireland, Spain and at worst Greece, this is the price we will have to pay as all other options (raising taxes for the rich, ending tax avoidance,etc) are off!
"Its all bad news and its going to get worse in future years. The public can get rid of all of you, and me, and it wont make any difference." Unfortunately hes right, this is only the start of the squeeze on spending, the public and councils have virtually no control over whats going to happen, most cuts will be forced upon us. We are paying the price for almost 2 decades of a spending boom and are now in the bust phase. Unless we want to end up like Italy, Ireland, Spain and at worst Greece, this is the price we will have to pay as all other options (raising taxes for the rich, ending tax avoidance,etc) are off! stevegg
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9:01am Wed 19 Dec 12

fourmars says...

Dont think its going to matter anyway seeing as the world is predicted to end on fri 21st dec,lol
Dont think its going to matter anyway seeing as the world is predicted to end on fri 21st dec,lol fourmars
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9:14am Wed 19 Dec 12

YouandI says...

Tough Ray Mallon - welcome to the real world of massive debt and hard working people taxed up to the limit. Most businesses have had to cut back on staff but deliver more than ever - MC is not an exception.
Tough Ray Mallon - welcome to the real world of massive debt and hard working people taxed up to the limit. Most businesses have had to cut back on staff but deliver more than ever - MC is not an exception. YouandI
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10:29am Wed 19 Dec 12

Durham Exile says...

Ray Mallon is cutting £11m of services for the Boro people. Richmond council is making no cuts at all next year. Mallon is also increasing council tax for the second year running, instead of freezing it and receiving the extra money from Government. So he's dumping on the 'Boro people again.

This is the trouble with joke appointments like 'Angus the Monkey and Ray Mallon. It may seem like a laugh at the time but when it comes to it, they, particularly Mallon, are just not up to the job and real people's lives suffer.

Not much sympathy for the Smoggies I'm afraid, they voted for him.
Ray Mallon is cutting £11m of services for the Boro people. Richmond council is making no cuts at all next year. Mallon is also increasing council tax for the second year running, instead of freezing it and receiving the extra money from Government. So he's dumping on the 'Boro people again. This is the trouble with joke appointments like 'Angus the Monkey and Ray Mallon. It may seem like a laugh at the time but when it comes to it, they, particularly Mallon, are just not up to the job and real people's lives suffer. Not much sympathy for the Smoggies I'm afraid, they voted for him. Durham Exile
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10:48am Wed 19 Dec 12

Chris Abbott says...

Ray Mallon has known for years that, even under Labour, serious cuts in spending were coming and he failed to prepare. The actual amount that can be attributed to "Government" cuts is very little compared with the amount built up through mismanagement.
Ray Mallon has known for years that, even under Labour, serious cuts in spending were coming and he failed to prepare. The actual amount that can be attributed to "Government" cuts is very little compared with the amount built up through mismanagement. Chris Abbott
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1:30pm Wed 19 Dec 12

ajtib3 says...

Durham Exile wrote:
Ray Mallon is cutting £11m of services for the Boro people. Richmond council is making no cuts at all next year. Mallon is also increasing council tax for the second year running, instead of freezing it and receiving the extra money from Government. So he's dumping on the 'Boro people again.

This is the trouble with joke appointments like 'Angus the Monkey and Ray Mallon. It may seem like a laugh at the time but when it comes to it, they, particularly Mallon, are just not up to the job and real people's lives suffer.

Not much sympathy for the Smoggies I'm afraid, they voted for him.
Yeh - like Middlesbrough and Richmond are comparable areas.
[quote][p][bold]Durham Exile[/bold] wrote: Ray Mallon is cutting £11m of services for the Boro people. Richmond council is making no cuts at all next year. Mallon is also increasing council tax for the second year running, instead of freezing it and receiving the extra money from Government. So he's dumping on the 'Boro people again. This is the trouble with joke appointments like 'Angus the Monkey and Ray Mallon. It may seem like a laugh at the time but when it comes to it, they, particularly Mallon, are just not up to the job and real people's lives suffer. Not much sympathy for the Smoggies I'm afraid, they voted for him.[/p][/quote]Yeh - like Middlesbrough and Richmond are comparable areas. ajtib3
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