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Barnsley Residents Have Their Say On Budget

Friday January 25 2013

BARNSLEY Council are reviewing information sent in by residents as they prepare to set its budget for 2013/14.

Last month residents and local businesses were invited to give their opinions and comments on a range of savings, totalling £18.7m.

All the views received in recent weeks will be considered by councillors at its meeting on Thursday 28 February, where next year’s budget will be set.

In its April 2013 to March 2014 budget, the council needs to find savings of £18.7m out of a net budget of £206m – alongside improvements to services and business operations.

Despite these savings, the council say they're going to spend £52m on services for children, young people and families, almost £62m on adults and communities, and more than £32m on development, environment and culture.

What do you think to these figures, WABers? Where would you like to see the money go?

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Reply Posted by mr x on Friday January 25 2013 at 11:02
Town development

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday January 25 2013 at 13:33
I am absolutely shocked & disgusted to see today that BMBC are advertising for TWO Assistant Directors, each paying £70,000. This is under the guise of marketing the town & attracting new business, tourism etc. If we haven't got people already in the council who have these skills then certainly some existing senior management ought to be let go to make way for these new posts. The salary levels are disgraceful. People at this level undoubtedly expect to have a team of underlings to do there bidding adding yet more expense. Still too many chiefs with narrow responsibilities on inflated salaries in BMBC.

Reply Posted by undoubtedly on Friday January 25 2013 at 16:18
Many Many people are losing their jobs http://www.wearebarnsley.com/news/article/1308/jobs-axe-announced-for-council-workers. Maybe 4 Assistant Directors got cut and these two new posts amalgamate those? It must be a very unpleasant time for 'underlings' who are inplace - who will undoubtedly be having to pick up ever increasing workloads and from what I saw from job adverts those who aren't at the top don't seem to be getting said super-wages and will no doubt also be facing the 'axe'.

Reply Posted by blue ber on Friday January 25 2013 at 14:18
totally agree

Reply Posted by Baz on Saturday January 26 2013 at 13:52
The positions are described as Senior marketing managers in the chron. Last year the man behind ronseal 'does what it says on the tin' offered to help market the town for free!

Interested to know what the effective salary is when you take into account how much a private sector employee would have to contribute to a personal pension to get an equivalent return to the council employees, sorry 'public servants' scheme. Would guess at something like +50%. And people wonder why the public finances are in such a bad state and services are being cut to the bone.

Reply Posted by Chinawatch on Sunday January 27 2013 at 14:54
Maybe the tourism marketeer is joining forces with the chamber of commerce to promote the arcade as a tourist destination for visitors from china (see chron article this week). You really couldn't make it up.