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Councillors Begin Process Of Slashing Millions

Friday October 11 2013

COUNCILLORS are beginning the process of identifying how they can slash a further £9million from the budget.

That is bound to lead to more cuts in services and even more jobs losses.

Over the past three years council tax bills have been frozen and, at the same time, government restrictions on spending have seen £45million cut from Barnsley Council's net budget.

Now a further £9million of saving will have to be found and councillors admit all the decisions from here on are going to be more difficult than ever before.

The local authority has already cut jobs and reduced services to meet financial deadlines. Dozens of jobs are potentially still at risk after £9million of cuts were identified in July.

Now a further £9million has to be cut before the end of March.

That will mean in just four years the amount of money Barnsley Council has to spend on local people has shrunk from £246million to £183million.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton says he's angry at what he says is the 'blatantly unfair system' which means local authorities in the south of England are proportionately being given a lot more money than places in the north.

"I'm not asking for preferential treatment for Barnsley, all I ask is for everyone to be treated the same for basic fairness, but that's not what's happening," he said.

Cllr Houghton says after so many years of cuts no service is safe and there are no easy decisions.

"The harsh facts are that whatever we decide to do will impact on local people - these are very difficult times and we're having to make difficult choices," he said.

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Reply Posted by Richard on Friday October 11 2013 at 12:19
So the over paid with the huge expense accounts are sitting around a table wondering how to save money? The LABOUR White Elephant is in the room and nobody seems to see it!!! Good grief!

Reply Posted by Richard on Friday October 11 2013 at 12:41
So he's saying its unfair? Yet his close Labour colleagues employ spouses at £35k and they mismanage the money they have. He's effectively asking for more money they him and his Labour buddies can make an even bigger waste of! Isn't the solution obvious? Labour OUT!

Reply Posted by Richard on Friday October 11 2013 at 13:39
....sorry but one further post...They are "beginning" to identify.....so they've not actually recognised and forecast a problem then! That's a LABOUR council with their finger on the pulse!! NOT.

Reply Posted by heli kes amoan on Monday October 14 2013 at 09:56
I thought you didn't live here just your wife and daughter?

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday October 11 2013 at 15:30
It's not only the North South divide its the working class devide. Councillors are going to cut councill workers wages,you can bet on that,they will cut as near to the bone as they possibly can,do you think that our MPs and councill Leaders will take a cut, Dream on.how they dare show there faces in public beggars belief !!!!

Reply Posted by speedy on Friday October 11 2013 at 22:22
no its not cuts to council workers wages its cuts to council workers and services grass not cut bins litter on streets bins not emptied pot holes not filled and its all the councils fault they have plenty of money but fail to say

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday October 11 2013 at 15:41
Bye the way has Sir Councillor Houghton said where he lost all those millions of pounds,on that broad band scheme of his and any chance of getting any tax payers there money back just a thought?

Reply Posted by STEVO on Friday October 11 2013 at 16:34
If Houghton is a "man of the people of Barnsley" then he ought to put his money where his mouth is and take a substantial cut in his own remuneration which last year was £150K + £30K Expenses, putting him above the remuneration of the prime minister which is charged with running our country.

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday October 11 2013 at 17:58
Well said Stevo, they should be compelled to she'd a load of there money's ,they should set an example, if there isn't enough to pay the hard workers,then there can't be enough to pay them that never get there hands dirty.?

Reply Posted by kelly on Friday October 11 2013 at 18:29
i feel sorry for the poor worker on the frontline being having to cope with unrealistic workloads grinding them down and making them poorly then when they get to the point where they cant work no more due to ill health and have to try and get their pensions which they have paid trustingly for years it seems that every obsticle and and sly trick is put in there way so the council dont have to pay extra is this realy a cut back barnsley council want to be known for shame on them

Reply Posted by liam on Friday October 11 2013 at 18:58
Nice one kelly one thing barnsley council is getting a bad reputation for is not looking after their workers barnsley council set up to look after the people of barnsley , providing services, decent jobs and security are forgetting there workers are from barnsley families..THEY SHOULD NOT MAKE SACRIFICES AND CUT BACKS if peoples health are at stake.Where are all the people gone who cared and had hearts,destroyed by greed, arrogance and a need to just get as much out of workers as possible even if it means half killing them then just casting them off to one side when they are unuseful.

Reply Posted by lee c on Friday October 11 2013 at 21:37
So houghton is angry and feels we need to make more job cuts....maybe if he and his cronies got paid the NMW like thousands of others we wouldn't need to scrounge 9 million. No doubt he will still ave a job in april....he will make sure of that. Robbing off hard working families, I'm alright jack f*** you.

Reply Posted by speedy on Friday October 11 2013 at 22:46
Houghton is angry not as angry as the front line workers Houghton and his cronies are nothing but highway robbers we are living under the rule of a modern day sheriff of nottingham

Reply Posted by manda on Saturday October 12 2013 at 01:43
they are that heartless and greedy they even stopped the talking pages for the blind people in barnsley.why not sack all there partners an let them theving mps write there own letters an stop spending our money on expensive meals when most of us hard working people can just pay are bills what gives them the right and since bedroom tax started take a good look around ur neighbourhood cos there all imagrants moving in. moving whites out and use all are hard earned cash for interperts an they get food vouchers every week we the people of barnsley should get rid of this shit council with a vote of no confidence cos what good have they done for us i cant think of anything good they done

Reply Posted by tuss on Saturday October 12 2013 at 09:30
i have to agree with a few of the previous comments myself,i worked with a man who with with over twenty years service working seven days a week in febuary was taken ill,i have just heard the greedy greasy pole climbing back stabbing gang members at barnsley council are doing at best him no favours in getting him his pension and at worse using every trick in the book so he cant get at it.How low can certain people get when they are not even going to look after their own workers when they start to suffer from ill health,Get rid of all the heartless moraless un decent people who only think about themselves and go back to a caring coucil and community, thats the best way to help this council and community ps whats the point in paying a pension for years if they are not going to help you get it when you need it, its making me think twice about carrying on paying it.it could be me next, Sticking the boot on poorly people heartless un caring greedy devils,if any body or anything should be made to suffer or be cut it should that sort of person or service disgusting

Reply Posted by xxxx on Saturday October 12 2013 at 12:56
they have to get rid of workers to free up things for the unemployed to be sent out to do for their benefits.and whilst i totally agree that councilors get paid far too much,can we all be honest please,how many of us would take a cut in our wages because other people thought we got too much ,how many of us would say no thankyou to the nice fat pay check and other perks of the job they have .well heres me being absolutely honest, i wouldn't be saying no thankyou,and i doubt very much that the majority of you would either.its not fair and its not justifiable, but this is what happens when we end up living in a me, me, me, i, i, i, society

Reply Posted by lukey on Saturday October 12 2013 at 15:21
people dont realise if we all stood together and no more cuts its destroying and hurting too many people never mind those with money saying we have to save money they are not the ones suffering its the poor the sick the normal every day person and familily living paycheck to paycheck i say living thats a joke surviving thats better come on houghton and your council leader friends and labour party gang get some goolies and say no never too many innocent people are suffering too much nevermind your own wages and honours if you cant do that get out and let good honourable lifewise people in

Reply Posted by flapper on Saturday October 12 2013 at 15:44
How do you suggest we start the revolution lukey? Its man hates man now, the population is divided. This population will, I doubt,ever stand together again.

Reply Posted by Swifty on Saturday October 12 2013 at 16:35
Stop Voting them in.

Reply Posted by xxxx on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:09
i fear you could be right flapper ,compared to the way other countries stand up for their rights i think us brits are quite spineless when it comes to standing together and taking on the big guns

Reply Posted by haha on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:26
I totally agree with lots of the comments - what makes me really sick is that they 'waste' more money on receptions, buffets etc. etc., in a week than most families have to live on for 6 months!! They just don't get it do they? Start at the top with the bloody 'cuts' - us lot at the 'bottom' of the pile just sit and take all the shit they throw at us; when are the people going to man up and don't say 'vote them out' don't make me laugh - the greedy shits with their big salaries and expenses are going nowhere!!!! They don't give a monkeys - only about themselves!

Reply Posted by flapper on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:35
You're right haha. They don't get it. They never will, because they're OK. They're notin our world,and once tthey're on the train,they're made up for life with all the little schemes, and business,s they set up behind the scenes.

Reply Posted by lukey on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:41
start the revolution ha ha it only starts by one man saying NO! NO! NO! not one PERSON should suffer its wrong enough is enough but nobody at the top has balls enough to do it to busy worrying about them selves country needs an hero to follow but its sad to say that theres too many spineless greedy greasy pole climbing b#####ds who dont dare do the right thing lead by example it can happen have seen it the sheep will follow if ya not sticking the boot in them

Reply Posted by haha on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:49
And what happens to the 'hero' who wants to make the change eh? They get rid of him/her - just look through history at the prominent figures who were for the people and what 'incidents' happened to them!! We are living the life 'they' want us to live, to believe what 'they' want us to believe - we are being brain washed into submission - just my opinion

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday October 12 2013 at 18:53
Mine too I,m afraid haha.
Most of us are too niave, and also uninformed, the politicians give us promise after promise so they can get in power and then they break thier promises. They are in charge of a massive book and they let us read just a couple of the chapters,and never the ending.

Reply Posted by lukey on Saturday October 12 2013 at 19:52
better to go down with your head held high fighting and trying then live like one of lifes floor inspecters with your head held down STICK YA CUTS UP YA AR'@E stop the suffering whats the point of living a crap life my kids deserve better whats the point of money in the bank if my family are suffering NOW get a life and let us live ours NO MORE ENOUGH there at least i try

Reply Posted by Swifty on Saturday October 12 2013 at 21:03
I think the people are becoming slowly awakened around the Country. Gordon Brown was considering putting troops on the streets when the full extent of the Bank Crisis was released.

I think the Country is in a far worse state than at that time.

Remember the greedy Bankers have caused this mess. Not the elderley, unemployed or genuine sick people.

Kick a dog enough and it will bite you.

I think the people are sick of being kicked.We all have a tolerance level mine is shattered.

Reply Posted by Swifty on Saturday October 12 2013 at 21:27
With Major cuts to Council Services available to the public. We should look at cutting back on local Councillors.

£900.000 paid out last year to ward councillors. Then let's start with other Council positions over £50000 taking pay cuts.

That should help a little. Then let's see "if we are all in this together"

Yes it is a Tory slogan. The our Council and Local Councillors are sane as the Tories today.

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Sunday October 13 2013 at 00:51
Well at least barnsley council is helping the governments back to work scheme
by adding more people to work nowhere.
And for the hitler movement or job centre as it is better known,
when you find everybody a job you will have to find yourselves a new job.
I dont know wich tits up law says the government can make you work for your dole money when dole money does not pay minimum wage.
They should be payed minimum wage that is the law the government lays down
and if they send you to work at a charity shop for 40 hours or poundland the government should make up the difference not have a free ride on the cock ups that they make.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Sunday October 13 2013 at 11:20
I fully agree with your post above.

Reply Posted by Patricia on Sunday October 13 2013 at 23:34
Stop paying councillors high wages, expensive dinners paying for meetings they go to (when they get a wage already) paying money out on stupid projects . we need practical things urgent road repairs, up keep of present facilities. not cuts to rubbish collections, street cleaning, removal of bins, school crossing people and much more.

Reply Posted by T.W.A.T on Monday October 14 2013 at 09:19
start by reducing the number of councillors, from 63 to 42 (2 per ward instead of 3) therefore saving £300,000+ per year from the expenses bill.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Monday October 14 2013 at 10:02
I agree totally, there is no need for 3 per ward and there is a lot of tactical politics goes on where they veto each others plans unless they can come to I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine agreement.
There are also far too many expenses paid out simply for sitting on commitees. Certain councillors (including Roy Miller) seem to claim much higher expenses than others and treat them as part of an income stream. Does no-one monitor the expenses and what they are paid for.
Someone must be made accountable and there should be an open policy of what the expenses were actually for.
Does anyone know if we can get a breakdown and report of what these were to see how much was wasted and what was claimed for? We as tax payers elect these people, pay taxes to pay these people and therefore employ these people. How can I get a copy of my employees expenses claim forms are they not a matter of public interest and therefore freely available?

Reply Posted by Realist on Monday October 14 2013 at 09:31
Your blaming houghton and labour they have to make cuts because the government had made cuts the budgets for the local councils. It's not the councils fault it's this sodding government. Yet the local authority is getting blame here. And it's set to get worse wen the government relax the immigration standards for the Chinese and wen we get over run by Romanians if this government got there priprities rite maybe barnsley council and and other local authorities wouldn't have slash there budgets

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 18:20
Maybe it would surprise you to learn that the last Labour govt was responsible for the highest influx of immigration in living memory. This has caused the worst recession since WW2, created mass unemployment, put a strain on the NHS, crime levels increased and prisons are full. Not to mention that the jobs that immigrants have taken results in them sending money abroad, so we don't even get the benefit of VAT put back into the system.

Barnsley Council is run by Labour, who evidently mismanage the funds they get. Asking them for more money simply means giving them more money to waste. Its time for change. LABOUR OUT.

Reply Posted by prx on Monday October 14 2013 at 10:03
One councillor per ward not three?

Plus what will they say when all the people who write their official views for them are cut?

Researcher and analysts will be buggered and the we will be in trouble as things move forward and our borough isn't prepared for anything - slipping further behind and just being known as a rough hole forever.

Prevention/Cure - Look at what measures will lead to less costs. The whole spend a little to save a lot, not just axe the people who do so things ultimatley add up in theire absence leaving us in a much worse state than we are

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Monday October 14 2013 at 10:13
The council needs to look at it's spending but also look at it's possible income streams too. Who is being charged with looking after the fund raising and what that is used for? They are talking about £9 million cuts here, but just a few weeks ago we were told about £3 million of funds that they had secured from European funding for the roads....., how about we save £3million that they would have spent on the roads and just have to save £6 million pounds - there you go Councillor Houghton & Councillor Roy Miller (Highways Dept), I've just saved a third of it there for you!!!!
It's all a matter of working a bit smarter.... what the government taketh away, they also make available in grants and EU funding......