Government cuts councils' spending power by 1.7%

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

First published in News

COUNCILS in England will see their spending power cut by 1.7 per cent next year, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

He told MPs the settlement represented a "bargain" for local authorities, adding that the Government would offer support for the third year so that council taxes could be frozen.

Mr Pickles described the funding arrangements, which will take effect from next April, as a "watershed moment", with power shifted from Whitehall to town halls.

"This settlement recognises the responsibility of local government to fund sensible savings and make better use of resources," he said.

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3:09pm Wed 19 Dec 12

ajtib3 says...

Definitely some trimming down to be done - looking at that picture :)
Definitely some trimming down to be done - looking at that picture :) ajtib3
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3:15pm Wed 19 Dec 12

peelers says...

Not the best spokesperson to be going around to tell us to tighten our belts, his must be under immense pressure!!
Not the best spokesperson to be going around to tell us to tighten our belts, his must be under immense pressure!! peelers
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3:33pm Wed 19 Dec 12

st-george1 says...

ajtib3 wrote:
Definitely some trimming down to be done - looking at that picture :)
Are the North East Labour Councils prepared to perjure themselves in order to get what they want … let’s see how many of them ignore common sense, Mr Pickles AND the needs of the taxpayers and bump up council taxes next time ... blaming everyone but themselves.
[quote][p][bold]ajtib3[/bold] wrote: Definitely some trimming down to be done - looking at that picture :)[/p][/quote]Are the North East Labour Councils prepared to perjure themselves in order to get what they want … let’s see how many of them ignore common sense, Mr Pickles AND the needs of the taxpayers and bump up council taxes next time ... blaming everyone but themselves. st-george1
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4:58pm Wed 19 Dec 12

battboy77 says...

Mr Pickles "Local Government Secretary" and "Chief Pie muncher"
Another Pie in the Sky idea that will never work!
Mr Pickles "Local Government Secretary" and "Chief Pie muncher" Another Pie in the Sky idea that will never work! battboy77
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5:37pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

Whoever put Pickles in that glass cage gets my vote !
Whoever put Pickles in that glass cage gets my vote ! Idontknowaboutyoubut
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6:30pm Wed 19 Dec 12

stevegg says...

Thank god for taxpayers that councils have to go to a public vote for any council tax rises over 2% otherwise we would return to double figure rises as we did for almost a decade following 1997 which saw council tax bills double. In this way they are forced to make efficiency savings which they would otherwise sidestep. At least the councils have the option to cut services unlike the police who have had a 20% cut imposed on them (the highest of all public bodies) and are still expected to maintain the same level of service!
Thank god for taxpayers that councils have to go to a public vote for any council tax rises over 2% otherwise we would return to double figure rises as we did for almost a decade following 1997 which saw council tax bills double. In this way they are forced to make efficiency savings which they would otherwise sidestep. At least the councils have the option to cut services unlike the police who have had a 20% cut imposed on them (the highest of all public bodies) and are still expected to maintain the same level of service! stevegg
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12:03am Thu 20 Dec 12

Davy Crocket says...

Christmas is coming and the turkeys getting fat ..well as you can see it's enormous after 13 years of a Labour feeding frenzy. These idiots who think you can borrow your way out of debt are wet behind the ears.
Christmas is coming and the turkeys getting fat ..well as you can see it's enormous after 13 years of a Labour feeding frenzy. These idiots who think you can borrow your way out of debt are wet behind the ears. Davy Crocket
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9:25am Tue 25 Dec 12

JohnPatt1957 says...

The council has to cut their budget by 1.7% next year and yet Darlington council still is wasting money!!!!!
Christmas Eve Darlington Council sent out Gritter’s to grit the roads around Darlington at 8pm.
The weather forecast for the whole country was at worst rain and 2°c certainly at 5am the lowest temperature was 4 °c. What a waste!!!!
Another pointless exercise and wasted Grit Fuel and wages.
The only reason I can think for them to send out the gritter’s is so that the drivers get their Christmas triple time wages!!!
The council has to cut their budget by 1.7% next year and yet Darlington council still is wasting money!!!!! Christmas Eve Darlington Council sent out Gritter’s to grit the roads around Darlington at 8pm. The weather forecast for the whole country was at worst rain and 2°c certainly at 5am the lowest temperature was 4 °c. What a waste!!!! Another pointless exercise and wasted Grit Fuel and wages. The only reason I can think for them to send out the gritter’s is so that the drivers get their Christmas triple time wages!!! JohnPatt1957
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