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What do you think to the cuts in Barnsley?

Wednesday February 2 2011



There's been quite a lot of cuts in Barnsley over the last few months—how have they affected you?


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Reply Posted by barnsally on Friday February 18 2011 at 16:30
looking good!

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday March 10 2011 at 12:36
We've all noticed in the local press the local Labour Council blaming the cuts on the coalition, I think most people have realised the budget cuts are down to years of over spending and bad financial management by the previous Labour government, so would Council leaders stop blaming the coalition?

Recently out of the public purse BMBC have built a huge office block on Westway costing tens of millions while a office block stands empty above the markets, they bought Gateway Plaza for tens of millions which was a development to attract private sector companies into town, built a pointless digital media centre costing millions and quite a few more pointless development plus a reported £32 million already spent on the Markets Project which is still on the drawing board. But in the news we see Dinner Ladies and lollipop ladies will face the chop, wouldn't it be a better idea to get rid of the decision makers at BMBC as they're the ones doing the real damage?

Also, instead of Barnsley being so reliant on Public Sector jobs, more than nearly every other place in the UK I feel BMBC should have done much more to attract Private Sector companies to invest in Barnsley. Things like Barnsley Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward cost millions and millions and show very few results, what more is the council going to do to get some investment and jobs coming to town, as I fear the town is starting to slowly die. We can't have a towns population most employed by the Public Sector, it's unworkable.

Reply Posted by Eric Pickles on Friday March 11 2011 at 13:01
I like them.

Reply Posted by Nicky-WAB on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:10
I'm looking forward to hearing what Barnsley has to say!

Reply Posted by Darren Morris on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:10
Cuts are hard across the board, but we wont see the effect they have until its too late.

Reply Posted by Helen Tate on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:11
I agree with Darren that the people of Barnsley have no idea what is coming. The cuts are massive for Barnsley Council and it will have a massive impact on services in Barnsley and employment!!

Reply Posted by Mariamacgowan on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:11
The cuts to the kids free swimming that affect myself and my kids as they love swimming and it did not cost us to take them just pay for the adults, now they will be swimming less due to cuts. Also the kids school (Littleworth Grange) the school is short on essentials like aprons for painting and have now stopped printing the weekly news letter as they have got to ration the paper and printer ink, I miss the news letter as we got to know what was going on at the school and the school have a nasty habit of sending messages out with the kids and expecting them to remember which oftern they don't its silly things like that are affected by the council cuts.

Reply Posted by vixen on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:12
i agree with the kids swimming... kids where getting more exercise rather than doing it as a cross the board cut couldnt it be that a parent or over 18 must go with the kids... that will hopefully cut out the anti social behaviour that they where having. So keep the family swim as free but charged for the ones who go with no parent

Reply Posted by Djjamesparkin on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:12
I wonder how much extra income would come into Barnsley town centre if free parking was re-introduced?

Reply Posted by Djjamesparkin on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:13
Everyone keeps talking about how bad it's going to be having frontline services cut, well it's all rubbish. If the local governments got rid of a few of the high paid nothing jobs then the frontline services wouldn't suffer.

I don't have any examples for Barnsley but the kind of thing I'm talking is such as 2 gay and lesbian integration coordinators in Manchester both on around £35k a year plus pension contributions. Their job is to ensure gay and lesbian workers are integrating into work.

Another classic for manc is a nuclear director who's on around £50k whos job it is to ensure the nuclear legacy etc in Manchester. There's pretty much nothing nuclear in Manchester!! Total waste.

Plenty of other examples, the informations freely available I don't want to bore everyone with endless examples of wastage and inefficiencies.

People need to stop moaning about these cuts as we wouldn't have been in this mess had the previous government not spent more than we had.

Reply Posted by Barnsleymat on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:13
We've all noticed in the local press the local Labour Council blaming the cuts on the coalition, I think most people have realised the budget cuts are down to years of over spending and bad financial management by the previous Labour government, so would Council leaders stop blaming the coalition?

Recently out of the public purse BMBC have built a huge office block on Westway costing tens of millions while a office block stands empty above the markets, they bought Gateway Plaza for tens of millions which was a development to attract private sector companies into town, built a pointless digital media centre costing millions and quite a few more pointless development plus a reported £32 million already spent on the Markets Project which is still on the drawing board. But in the news we see Dinner Ladies and lollipop ladies will face the chop, wouldn't it be a better idea to get rid of the decision makers at BMBC as they're the ones doing the real damage?

Also, instead of Barnsley being so reliant on Public Sector jobs, more than nearly every other place in the UK I feel BMBC should have done much more to attract Private Sector companies to invest in Barnsley. Things like Barnsley Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward cost millions and millions and show very few results, what more is the council going to do to get some investment and jobs coming to town, as I fear the town is starting to slowly die. We can't have a towns population most employed by the Public Sector, it's unworkable.

Reply Posted by Djjamesparkin on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:14
Matt: very well said and I have to agree with your points - it's refreshing to see some educated comments rather than just a headline grabbing rant after the popular vote.

Reply Posted by Brian Hanson on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:14
What's so different about Barnsley from any other town or city in the country? They're all facing cuts in some form or other, none I imagine will be small. But we're British, we'll see it through and win the day!

Reply Posted by Aimee on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:14
im 19. ive gone back to college to study in cheshire with no funding at all, to get an education despite wanting an education, a career, and to pay my own way. i go into town centre and see parents, old and young not contributing but producing kids, alcoholics, and drug addicts, and think, why the hell do i want a career to earn my own money to pay for the people that sit in the centre of barnsley with no job, yet being funded to do nothing?

Reply Posted by David Speed73 on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:15
Brian i agree with your statement over "But we're British, we'll see it through and win the day!",but we need to blame ourselves for letting this council get us in to this state with their incompetence. I wonder where all the money acquired by selling all the land from the demolished authority housing has gone? How much does our twin-towning cost annually? How much does the mayor,mayoress cars and drivers cost? Here are just a few of many an unanswered questions.

Reply Posted by Ah on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:15
So the council tax bills will be thundering through the letterboxes shortly then... Has anyone else noticed how you've only to be a day or so late paying and there's a summons in the post? But when I applied for a rebate, it took the council a whole month to tell me the letter had conveniently been 'lost' and I was no longer eligible for a refund because it was on last year's account. I know some people blatantly dodge paying the council tax but BMBC's stance seems to be to pursue the people who have every intention of paying and allow the dodgers to just get away with it. Ridiculous.

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:16
Pleased to see council dipping into reserves to mitigate the cuts, that's what reserves are for. Also very pleased that employees have agreed some steps to save on the salary budget. Look forward to seeing what the savings in 'back office' costs will be. What I find crazy is how childrens services can be cut and costs for adult social care increased substantially before savings are made in the cost of litter picking and grass cutting. Where are our priorities? I'm sure to protect our children or pensioners it would be reasonable to cut the grass a bit less, have fewer pretty plants on our roundabouts and pass on to businesses (like takeaways) the costs of picking up the litter generated by their customers. I think if we are going to get the best value from the available funding in future years the council is going to have to venture into territory that is politically difficult for them - like privatising services that can be done just as well but more cheaply by private companies and I include road repairs, grass cutting etc. in this. Let's keep vital jobs for the vulnerable like social work and social care protected. Its also good to see councillors taking a 5% cut, but do we really need 3 councillors for each ward? Surely 2 is adequate, cutting costs by 33% not 5%.

Reply Posted by Daverobbo8441 on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:16
Its good to see that Barnsley Council have finally admitted that 'Elected' Officials recieve a salary and not just claim expenses. Is this so that we don't see another Eric affair? I must be nieve, but I always thought that our Councillors put themselves forward for election because they had the best interests of their communities at heart. Now I understand why one of ours is giving up his job to concentrate on his Council work!

Reply Posted by Ask why on Tuesday March 15 2011 at 15:17
Cannot believe you lot give credence to the rubbish Oughton is spouting , no comment needed to back this up start using your brains and ask yourself if this guy is so good why is the town in such a dire condition, jobs education for a start. look into it then decide . No i am not spoon feeding you the answers look into it, use your brains , the answers are there just take some finding. Come to think of it this site looks like another piece of bespoke propaganda, are you funded by the labour party ;-))

Reply Posted by Bob on Friday December 4 2015 at 06:48
Bad News for everyone