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SALFORD COUNCIL UNDER SPENDS BY OVER £3MILLION AS HATCHET HAPPY OFFICERS PRAISED
 

Star date: 18th June 2013

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SICKENING SALFORD COUNCIL REPORT PRAISES CUTS THAT ARE TOO DEEP TOO FAST…

While Salford councillors and the City Mayor weep tears for the cuts they've had to make, a new finance report reveals that the Council is actually forecasting an under spend this year of over £3.5million.

As hundreds of Council staff have been axed and social services cut to the bone, the self congratulatory report actually praises hatchet-happy officers for their "hard work" in "achieving a provisional under spend on this scale".

Full details here…


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As hundreds of people working for Salford Council have found their jobs axed, and services have been slashed for some of the most vulnerable people in the city, a new finance report actually praises hatchet-happy officers for achieving too many cuts…

The almost gleeful report states that "good financial planning and management" has led to a forecast under spend for 2012-13 of £3.521million against its revenue spending budget, which is allocated for services for Salford people.

This is made up of a £2.363m on the general fund, which includes community health and social care and children's services, while there is a further £1.158m under spend on the dedicated schools grant (DSG).

While axed staff pick up their voluntary redundancy notices, old people and disabled children see their services slashed and poverty stricken families reel under the burden of losing council tax support, the report praises the hatchet-happy officers who have cut budgets too deep too fast…

"Achieving a provisional under spend on this scale reflects on the hard work of officers in finance and service groups across the council…in identifying savings and bring [sic] spending under control" states the report.

Some of the huge excess has been stuffed into the Council's `reserves', while some has been carried over for use next year, including £1million ring fenced to carry out further `public sector reform' – shorthand for privatisation, more job cuts and more service cuts.

Weirdly, Salford is just one of over 300 councils nationally that will have under spent its budget, despite massive cuts in funding from the ConDem Government.

When asked why this was happening at a recent Public Accounts Committee hearing at the House of Commons, Carolyn Downs of the Local Government Association (LGA) stated that "it is very prudent financial management", adding that the causes were `30% uncertainty' and "40% is about the early delivery of savings… Councils are achieving the savings that they have got planned to downsize early and are under-spending as a result, putting that money into reserves."

With further government cuts expected for the next five years at least, it appears that council officers - watched by crocodile tearing councillors on the sidelines - are in a race to slash and burn services, with the financial bottom line replacing humanity.

The Public Accounts Committee heard about an LGA model showing that "funding reductions will lead to an 80% cut in non-statutory services such as leisure", while Professor Tony Travers, from the London School of Economics, even suggested that statutory council services could be axed…"there are a number of things that, traditionally, local government has done that it no longer needs to do"…

Meanwhile, a Salford Council `Remember What LGA Has Said' PowerPoint presentation shows graphically what this might mean, with money available for adult social care and children's services rising minimally until 2020, while funding for `other services' plummets.

Scary stuff. But in the meantime, Salford Council is sitting on an under spend of over £3.5million – while attempting to cut over £1million in services to older people and disabled children.

More of this to follow…

david pepperell wrote
at 07:14:50 on 21 June 2013
Salford City Council , like many other Labour controlled councils do little , or nothing to help hard working families ; favouring ethnic minorities and people claiming benefits . Labour seems to have forgotten the working people , the very people who gave them a political platform to begin with . Wake up Salford , CHANGE is on the way !! UKIP next election !!
 
Fat End Of The Wedge wrote
at 07:12:46 on 21 June 2013
Got home tonight and there was yet another Labour leaflet through the door. Lots of gumph about what Labour would do if running the country, nothing in particular I noticed about Weaste & Seedley, and certainly no explanation why they hadn't sorted things out in the years they had to do it. Polling station was fairly busy but what worries me in an election with so many candidates is that the vote against Labour will be watered down and no overall opposition candidate will outweigh those who blindly put the X where they always have. The opposition needs some kind of unity. I guess that's where proportional representation comes in?
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 14:42:30 on 20 June 2013
labour talk about school in the weaste seedley area, labour forget they closed the only one primary in the tootal area because they wanted to sell the land to their friends the developers, I ask at the meeting of the closure of tootal drive, Jill baker why was the school being shut down, her answer was the population of Salford was going down, but I asked in five or ten years it could go up and then you would have no school, so I asked her if what you was saying was true which it wasn't then why was Salford labour council at the time giving developers planning permission to build houses then, at this point she was lost for words and tried to to direct the questions some where else, happily she got stabbed in the back by her labour friends some time later///@ Bernard Brough, which nasty party would that be, LABOUR. all three main parties, labour, Tories, lib-dems, all piss in the same pot, not a cigarette paper between them , we have had 40+ years of dictatorship in salford, now it's time for democracy and that party IS UKIP
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 05:46:05 on 20 June 2013
No don't vote UKIP, they are further to the right than the nasty party.
 
Fat End Of The Wedge wrote
at 05:42:01 on 20 June 2013
Regarding the Weaste and Seedley election and the comments of not a brain dead labour voter, how right he is that Labour only appear before an election - and then when you answer the door to them they ask 'can we count on your support?' - after biting my lip I politely reply 'I will take into account all candidates at election time'. I have been inundated with election leaflets from Labour, always with the same message, crime blah blah, schools blah blah... do they even think about what they write? The only leaflets that have stood out to me (of those received) are those from UKIP and the BNP - 'brain dead' sums up the UKIP one nicely - the BNP one has a nice list of the outrageous pay packets our great council leaders (some unelected of course) are receiving, also mentioning they are anti-war, unlike the Labour party. I also quite liked the election leaflet I received today from Matt Simpson, an independent candidate, who actually does mention some true local issues. For once a difficult choice tomorrow, not just 'anyone but Labour or Conservative'.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 18:20:39 on 19 June 2013
@Ratepayer is correct to mention the cumulative loss, and is spot on in recongisning our Elected Mayor has in just one short year come to save the day. It is a plus that our long accumulated deficit is placed in a long term repayment that a sensible debt agency would advice. I admire the courage and professional skills of Salford's Mayor. It is an excellent real life example. All local authorities should be taking his example and go for an elected Mayor to be at the front of practical solutions. I urge the next elected Labour Government to consider mandatory elected Mayors based on Salford's success.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 18:20:04 on 19 June 2013
I like one of the great idea's that UKIP have and that is cut the number of councillors by two thirds, most are over paid and under worked. remember people of weaste and seedley "VOTE UKIP on Thursday, say no to dictatorship (labour) and yes to democracy (UKIP). ps seeing lots of labour canvassers in the area, UKIP are getting them worried, usually don't see them as they normally take the electorate for granted, typical labour. UKIP changing thing already for the better, usually only see your labour representative at election time, then he/she hibernates for four years till the next election comes along. @ what planet, well said
 
What planet???? wrote
at 05:49:44 on 19 June 2013
@Felse, I suggest tonight you spend some time learning what the difference is between a DEBT and a DEFICIT, DEBT is what u accrue (rack up, owe, promise), DEFICIT is the difference between income & expenditure. To put it in simple terms for you Salford council had a budget DEFICIT this year of £30m but OWED (DEBT) many more millions, these DEBTS have been (racked up, owed, promised) over many years just like what is happening now with the Pendleton PFI, so for idiots like yourself I will put it simply years, and years of OVERSPENDING (DEFICIT creation) in Salford have lead to the current situation. Do you now understand why some people are a bit pissed off about spending £millions on a stadium that was NOT needed, Salford reds would have been better off both financialy and in terms of league position if they had stayed at the Willows, but hey that don't suit those that wish to make a few quid out of it does it.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 05:49:35 on 19 June 2013
@life is loud and bob, spot on. Michael false still a prat, this money was saved by vital jobs going, now the government will say they was right to tell councils to cut back, Michael false must have the same mathematical and accountancy skills as our wonderful hazel.
 
Mr P O Ratepayer wrote
at 05:48:15 on 19 June 2013
Well done Salford council officers for "good financial planning and management", just one question for you all, why the fuck have you not been doing this for the last 25 YEARS??????????
 
life is loud wrote
at 18:27:51 on 18 June 2013
Don't make sense to underspend as next time the Government will reduce the limit again saying you can manage on less next time when you cannot in real terms underspending means more money can be taken off you and given to somewhere else to use seems daft to me when they cutting services that's how I see it and I was useless at maths
 
bob wrote
at 18:27:41 on 18 June 2013
Mr Felse, I think you will find that is loony labour council still has a structural deficit of £600 million. A budget underspend of £3.5 mill is not going to make much of a dent in that figure.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 13:44:55 on 18 June 2013
When the Tories say 'jump', Salford's Labour Council ask 'how high?', then jump a bit higher. Typical. Salford against Cuts says NO CUTS, and use your vote accordingly.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 13:42:50 on 18 June 2013
What an amazing result by our elected Mayor and his team. A short time ago reports told us a £600million deficit was looming. Now we hear last year achieved a £3.5million underspend. If I had known Mayor Stewart was to become a miracle worker I would have canvased for him.
 
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