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Next Round Of Budget Cuts To Hit Services

Thursday January 12 2012




CUTS to front-line council services are being considered as part of the next round of budget cuts from Barnsley Council.

Barnsley Council has been told by the government that it needs to cut £24m from its budget over the next three years – and a list of suggested changes has been made that include the Mi Card travel pass (which costs £2 million-a-year) and reductions in front line services like grass cutting, dog wardens and litter collections.

The report suggests cutting the dog wardens to just one post to deal with the 1,100 customer requests received each year and reducing the Trading Standards team in terms of consumer advice - which could impact on rogue traders and things like under age sales of alcohol, tobacco and fireworks.

It also suggests cutting back the number of staff who maintain and inspect headstones in cemeteries to make sure they are safe; reduce grass cutting schedules and reduce the frequency for collecting litter and cleaning streets.

The report said: "Last year the council spent £1.5 million clearing up other people's litter. At a time of severe service cuts it's worth thinking how that money could have been better spent.

"Local communities could also organise local "clear up" campaigns of community land and again organise or join local Friends Groups."

To have your say on the proposed cuts, you can fill in the council's survey here.

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Reply Posted by on Thursday January 12 2012 at 17:23
I am unsure which services come out off the council budget and which come direct from the government so please excuse me if some points are irrelevant. I would just like to say that when the council have their budget meeting they should put people who work at the top of their priorities list rather then them getting the blunt end of the stick yet again. You are considering changes to the Mi card which is one of the few benefits available to the average working family. I really hope that instead of scrapping it you actually review the usage and limit the days and hours it applies. Please please please do not make this yet another service which is only available to those on income support or job seekers allowance!! I have 2 children still at primary school and everywhere you turn those of us who are working, paying taxes and national insurance, but are on low incomes are the ones who are worst off. My boys want to have school meals but unfortunately I cannot afford the £17.00 a week this would cost. If I wasn't working it would be free! I have just paid £17.00 for milk for the term, milk used to be free to ALL primary school children but now it is only those who don't work who get it free! My middle son is receiving free guitar lesson this year as part of the curriculum, however if he wants to continue next year we will have to pay nearly £100. You have probably guessed by now.....but YES if your not working your child can have free guitar lessons and football coaching and drama classes! I could point out at least another dozen or so examples of how unfair the system is but I won't bore you. I have nothing against people who genuienly need help receiving it but please don't kick the workers once again because we're already struggling as it is. If the council are reading any comments from here please consider my opinions.

Reply Posted by Sbriers07 on Thursday January 12 2012 at 20:27
Simple solution - if you can't afford to pay for your kids - DON'T HAVE ANY !!!!!

Reply Posted by Sbriers07 on Thursday January 12 2012 at 20:27
Simple solution - if you can't afford to pay for your kids - DON'T HAVE ANY !!!!!

Reply Posted by Guest on Thursday January 12 2012 at 20:38
If only life were that simple, but times changes and the world has an economic crisis and ordinary people have to suffer as everything they've worked hard for is taken away.  

Reply Posted by on Thursday January 12 2012 at 21:43
I hope your not directing that comment at me? I can pay for my children in most respects. Of course in certain areas they have to "make do" but that won't do them any harm! I am hoping you are agreeing with my comments with regards to those who don't work getting everything paid for whilst hard working people like myself have to look in wonder at why we are working our backsides off to pay for things for our children when those who don't work get it for free. Please make yourself plainer if you are responding to my comments thank you.

Reply Posted by Angela on Thursday January 12 2012 at 23:29
stupid comment ...peoples situations change....!!!! no one plans to lose their job and end up on benefits....??

Reply Posted by Peterpstott on Friday January 13 2012 at 09:41
get a grip, all folks want is a level playing field, where all peeps are treated equally. Over the top comments such as this one you have made, do not help in any way at all.

Reply Posted by Ali on Friday January 13 2012 at 10:08
I get where beth333 is coming from there's too many people in barnsley who have spent there life sat on there back side doing sod all and getting everything for free! Being on benefits shouldnt be better than working! Can't wait for the welfare review to take place and remove the free lifestyle some people get! I am not talking about everyone who's on benefits just the ones who have never made an attempt to get A job, and for those of you who are on benefits and looking for a job I wish you luck in finding one soon.

Reply Posted by Lizzie on Friday January 13 2012 at 10:16
i think its about time the government thought about cutting there own wages and staff jobs rather than everyone else's. they want to get everyone off benefit and back to work yet there causing more and more people to lose there jobs due to cuts ect that they are making it dont make much sense to me.

Reply Posted by Ward Two on Friday January 13 2012 at 12:59
I'm originally from Barnsley but now live in Sheffield what's a Mi Card? I have recently lost my job but rather than claim benefits i'm makin do with livin off mi tax credits until i find something else, it's hard but it's hard on everyone at moment. The cuts have to happen but i believe you have to take action rather than moan. I can understand where Beth 333 is comin from as i worked in a low income job and now i may have to look for something outside my field. The person who says if ya can't afford to have kids then don't very narrowminded, situatations change all the time and if that was the case the population would die out as most people struggle at some point to make ends meet.  

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:00
Cut the Police buget There over time for doing nothing would cover this easy

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:00
Cut the Police buget There over time for doing nothing would cover this easy

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:06
Yeah cut the police budget let criminals run the street! There's a reason there's so much overtime because there's a shortage of them! Some right fool's in barnsley

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:14
The Goverment wants to make cuts . The goverment has billions of pounds every week from taxes that they make us pay .The people of  England have to be one of the highest tax payers in the world as in VAT parking finds speeding finds its all tax at the end of the day . So where does it all go ?
We should have the right to know what they do with our money that they take for us so easy with know questions asked you have to pay . SO LETS HAVE A SAY . It's the same old story we just sit and let it happen . Take a leaf out of the French book say no no no you can cut this and stand by what you say and see what happens . God gave us all a voice you have the right to use it

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:25
There are some people that don't want to work and have never even tryed to find a job I know such a person as this. He sails though life so easy . When the DSS stopped his dole he went on the sick now he's been playing them for the last 30 years but still gets his money every month
If the goverment want to make cuts they should start with him . He is the lazest man in Barnsley
Yes Darren Mevlin Pickering of 11 Castle View Birdwell Barnsley S70 5QX I'm talking about you   

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:30
And anyone who knows this lazy person will know what I'm talking about . Get rid of all the cheats thats the answer to the problem  not cutting public services and cutting jobs .

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 13:39
Make these fiddling fu##ers pay back every penny they have taken from Hard working tax payers
It's time to name and shame . Its not grassing it's your money there taking .

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:15
Oh Yes Barnslley is a crime haven . I forgot the Kray twins were form Barnsley or was it the Welbourne twins . The Police get money for doing nothing these days I remember when a village had one Bobby and he sorted out all the shite . Now the police force is just full of power happy cu#ts who think everyone is scum . There's not a shortage of police when there's money to be made out of local people in fines

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:19
Yes . But when some people get on Benefit it becomes a drug they get hooked and it;'s hard to stop .

Reply Posted by Beeswax on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:21
oooof, report to benefit cheats here http://campaigns.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/benefit-thieves/

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:23
If you know them you are the one to name and shame them It's wrong it's your tax money that they are being payed in benefits

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:23
If you know them you are the one to name and shame them It's wrong it's your tax money that they are being payed in benefits

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:27
They become druggies of the benefit . They get hooked on day time TV and cheap larger and fast food . These people need help it's wores than coke and weed ahaha fu@@em off
  

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:27
They become druggies of the benefit . They get hooked on day time TV and cheap larger and fast food . These people need help it's wores than coke and weed ahaha fu@@em off
  

Reply Posted by yes on Friday January 13 2012 at 14:34
They start to think this . Well I can sleep in look TV all day take a nap when I feel like it and they send me money every month and me kid get free school meals and rent payed fu@k work . So true people start to think this way and it becomes hard for them to stop

Reply Posted by TC on Friday January 13 2012 at 15:50
I suggest than instead of going for the usual easy targets they invest in a proper flexi-time clock in & out system on all council office buildings.  That way, should all their admin staff be where they're meant to be for the length of time they're meant to be there, they can probably cut their admin workforce by 20%.  Budget problem solved.

Reply Posted by Juleeharvey on Friday January 13 2012 at 18:10
 i am nearly 60 and still get up at 5am and go to work full time, there is no help for anyone that has the pride and self respect to get off their backside and work, i am fortunate that my children are now older with their own families but i fully see that if you have kids and dont work you get it all for free if you have a child and work 16 hours a week the governement give you a full time wage in the form of tax credits, i would like to work a few hours for a full time wage, we have bred a naiton of serial breeders who do this purely and simply to get free housing and money for doing nothing. the cuts should start with these people make them responsible for their own children why should i and other tax payers pay for it

Reply Posted by Juleeharvey on Friday January 13 2012 at 18:10
 i am nearly 60 and still get up at 5am and go to work full time, there is no help for anyone that has the pride and self respect to get off their backside and work, i am fortunate that my children are now older with their own families but i fully see that if you have kids and dont work you get it all for free if you have a child and work 16 hours a week the governement give you a full time wage in the form of tax credits, i would like to work a few hours for a full time wage, we have bred a naiton of serial breeders who do this purely and simply to get free housing and money for doing nothing. the cuts should start with these people make them responsible for their own children why should i and other tax payers pay for it

Reply Posted by Angela on Friday January 13 2012 at 18:30
my next door neighbours have 3 children and seem to get every benefit going,,,they even have a free mobility car when there is nothing wrong with any of them,,,,,i overheard the man? of the house bragging about how his mother in-law had skanked the system and qualified for mobility car but she just named one of them as her designated driver...and they get the car ...and she doesnt need one anyway as she has her own car...??? and thats just one of the benefit scams they are involved in.....no doubt there are many more.....!!! so when cutting back on benefits ....lets make sure the people who need and diserve them get them and the people who are bluffing need sorting out....!! keep the mi card ....its a big help for families on low incomes..!!!

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:20
I personally would like to see some eecutive pay cuts and redundancies, after all the top earners at bmbc have doubled their salaries and pensions in the last 10 years, no ones mentioned that yet

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:20
I personally would like to see some eecutive pay cuts and redundancies, after all the top earners at bmbc have doubled their salaries and pensions in the last 10 years, no ones mentioned that yet

Reply Posted by Hgjagvbfas on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:21
that should be *executive

Reply Posted by Hgjagvbfas on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:21
that should be *executive

Reply Posted by Dfsgsg on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:26
agreed. I'm a lot younger than you but was brought up with the same work ethic. Was made redundant twice in 3 years, everytime it happens I just knuckle down and hit every avenue I can to get a job. It's tough but i get there, if i can do it anyone can, it's having the will the will to get out there and do something that makes the difference

Reply Posted by Dfsgsg on Friday January 13 2012 at 19:26
agreed. I'm a lot younger than you but was brought up with the same work ethic. Was made redundant twice in 3 years, everytime it happens I just knuckle down and hit every avenue I can to get a job. It's tough but i get there, if i can do it anyone can, it's having the will the will to get out there and do something that makes the difference

Reply Posted by Shaunbywater on Sunday January 15 2012 at 17:18
Regarding, grass cutting, etc.. Make the poeple claiming benefits earn it.. Let them collect rubbish and cut grass... sorted

Reply Posted by Graham on Sunday January 15 2012 at 17:27
roy miller head of enviroments should take most of the cuts in wages he moans on at how much it costs to clear up other folkes mess  how many fines were issued to the travellers at grange lane ?  answer none too busy handing them out out side schools  hes a hypercrite  also council should get some body whoes good at maths spent £15000  makeing a paddock for horses in dearne valley country park and just rented out to 1 person for £400 for the year £1100 down the councils black hole

Reply Posted by on Sunday January 15 2012 at 18:34
Basically, the Tories have pulled one of the best con-tricks in history by turning a banking/financial crisis into a public funding crisis. They have taken the responsibility for paying for the crisis away from the banks who caused it and placed it onto you and I.

And in times of crisis, who do they direct our anger towards? The bankers who gambled our money away? Politicians claiming expenses for their second homes while they rent out their other homes? Company bosses who slash worker's pay while hiking up their own? No, they demonise the unemployed. Many of who have paid tax and NI all of their lives and now find themselves in awful situations through no fault of their own. Sure, there are a few cheats, nobody would deny that but what they cost the country pails in comparison to what is lost in corporate tax evasion.

There probably are areas in which all councils can tighten up but the loss of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs is a tragedy. No only for those who will become unemployed but for you an me too by way of its impact on the economy.

The Tories are doing next to nothing to stimulate growth or spending. In fact they are doing exactly the reverse.

Reply Posted by on Sunday January 15 2012 at 18:35
Basically, the Tories have pulled one of the best con-tricks in history by turning a banking/financial crisis into a public funding crisis. They have taken the responsibility for paying for the crisis away from the banks who caused it and placed it onto you and I.

And in times of crisis, who do they direct our anger towards? The bankers who gambled our money away? Politicians claiming expenses for their second homes while they rent out their other homes? Company bosses who slash worker's pay while hiking up their own? No, they demonise the unemployed. Many of who have paid tax and NI all of their lives and now find themselves in awful situations through no fault of their own. Sure, there are a few cheats, nobody would deny that but what they cost the country pails in comparison to what is lost in corporate tax evasion.

There probably are areas in which all councils can tighten up but the loss of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs is a tragedy. No only for those who will become unemployed but for you an me too by way of its impact on the economy.

The Tories are doing next to nothing to stimulate growth or spending. In fact they are doing exactly the reverse.

Reply Posted by on Sunday January 15 2012 at 18:41
Basically, the Tories have pulled one of the best con-tricks in history by turning a banking/financial crisis into a public funding crisis. They have taken the responsibility for paying for the crisis away from the banks who caused it and placed it onto you and I.

And in times of crisis, who do they direct our anger towards? The bankers who gambled our money away? Politicians claiming expenses for their second homes while they rent out their other homes? Company bosses who slash worker's pay while hiking up their own? No, they demonise the unemployed. Many of who have paid tax and NI all of their lives and now find themselves in awful situations through no fault of their own. Sure, there are a few cheats, nobody would deny that but what they cost the country pails in comparison to what is lost in corporate tax evasion.

There probably are areas in which all councils can tighten up but the loss of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs is a tragedy. No only for those who will become unemployed but for you an me too by way of its impact on the economy.

The Tories are doing next to nothing to stimulate growth or spending. In fact they are doing exactly the reverse.