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Barnsley braces for next round of budget announcements

Wednesday November 18 2015

Steve Houghton Steve Houghton

BARNSLEY is braced for the next budget announcement - with council leader Steve Houghton saying there are no more 'easy' cuts to make. 

Budgets have been slashed every year since 2010, leading to the council workforce already falling by almost half and about 2,300 locals losing their jobs. 

Leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton said the current worst case projection is another £46m of cuts before 2020.

“There are no easy cuts left to make, we’ve already had to make some incredibly difficult decisions.

"We’ve squeezed back on adult social care, we’ve squeezed back children’s services, we’ve reduced grounds maintenance and street cleaning services.

“We are asking people to do more and more and more every day.”

The government is due to make an announcement of its spending review on November 25.

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Reply Posted by steve on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 11:33
Meanwhile 15 people working for Barnsley Council paid more than £100,000 each, and chief executive Diana Terris is payed £181,000. That's £1.6 million for 15 positon' for which the majority are part time

Reply Posted by urb on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 17:37
But the fact that we can pay our leaders so much proves we are a leading council in the UK.
Or that we are a bit soft in the head these days.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 18:54
Not really, the obscene rise in the council executives pay was negotiated by THEMSELVES!
There is no "austerity measures" for those at the top of the municipal ivory tower.

Reply Posted by Scorpiolady on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 11:53
......and the poor get poorer......! Thanks Cameron!!!!

Reply Posted by Fred on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 23:36
Then the poor should something about it then!

Reply Posted by Steven James on Wednesday November 18 2015 at 12:13
We HAVENT had to cut back on our obscene salaries NOR have we had to cut back on our Canapés for our fellow backslapping comrades in or newly refurbished municipal ivory tower.

Reply Posted by Lola on Thursday November 19 2015 at 09:12
What has increased? Don't answer that one, I know....it's the population!

Reply Posted by Ann on Thursday November 19 2015 at 12:40
Council could get rid of mayor the car the Chauffer and all the little bit that go with it like fuel and maintenance insurance etc also all the little tea parties where nothing is spared after that do what a buisness would do reduce councillors and make them double and safe wages and expenses

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday November 19 2015 at 16:19
Cut the pay of staff on over £100k by 50%, such staff will still be on over double national average wage. That is £1million saved.

Make a small cut to the pensions of previous workers, that should solve the remaining £45 million cuts.

It is not fair for people today, having to pay more in council tax, for services which no longer exist, so that people who lived in a time of plentiful services, plentiful employment, plentiful wages and excellent pensions can live very well still, whilst everybody else suffers, particularly the town's young people.

Pretty soon we will have no services, yet still pay more than the people before us, so those that did have the opportunity of council employment and services in their adulthood can live very well in retirement.

At a time when pensioners income has risen in real terms every year for five years, whilst everybody else has seen declines in their income, with the young seeing a decline of some 25%. When pensioner's incomes have overtaken the incomes of young adults working full time, for the first time ever in history. Then the fairest cut to make, is one to the pensions of the wealthiest age group in our town.

Young people are going hungry and being driven to suicide, and they did not cause the crisis, they have born the brunt of the cuts, which is completely unfair and unjust. They are the future, and their futures are bleak.

If we are all in it together, surely it is time the elderly received a cut in income like everybody else, and considering they have seen their incomes rise and overtake that of working young people (especially back when they were working themselves, their incomes vastly exceeded that of pensioners of the time, back when pensioners actually were poor).

How can it be fair for one generation to be better off than pensioners of the day, then come their own retirement, expect to be vastly better off than the workers of the day.

Reply Posted by Ann on Thursday November 19 2015 at 18:01
Pensioners are not better off than the young I was a widow a one parent I worked full time and paid full stamp I put my son through school and university I got no handout I paid my full 39 years full stamp for my pittance of a pension but I did pay into a private pension which I should never have done because it has stopped me claiming pension credit and every thing extra that allows

Reply Posted by Jean on Thursday November 19 2015 at 22:41
The streets within close proximity to the town centre are constantly littered to an unacceptable level, street cleaning is so infrequent and poorly carried out that litter can be left for well over a fortnight before it is cleared.

Cuts to children's services are appalling and shameful.

Many employees that work for the council and berneslai homes are very work shy yet the council are making cuts where investment is needed most. Restructure and close monitoring of employees i.e. better management is required to stop money being wasted by an inefficient and incompetent council.

Reply Posted by Berenice on Thursday November 19 2015 at 22:45
Stop wasting money on playgrounds that just get vandalised.

Reply Posted by Newby on Saturday November 21 2015 at 19:24
Those vandals and any other form of anti social behaviour should be put to good use by our council and police. Community service! Why should our children not have play areas for vandals. Get those people cleaning our parks and streets if nothing else.

Reply Posted by Barbara on Saturday November 21 2015 at 19:29
The blame goes on central government who has repeatedly cut the amount given to councils yet Cameron whines about cuts his own council makes cuts what does he think is going to happen?

Where is left to cut?

Salaries of the top brass? But then who will do the job who has the knowledge and experience that will do it for less

Cuts to councils workers ? So more unemployment and less services impacts on the vulnerable

Cuts to services when they are already barely functioning

Then the Moaners will complain that every single road is not gritted and bins are only once a fortnight

Reply Posted by Steven James on Sunday November 22 2015 at 14:28
QUOTE - "Salaries of the top brass? But then who will do the job who has the knowledge and experience that will do it for less"

That's the clincher innit - They DONT KNOW how to do the job or have the experience to do the job, hence the reason they have spent over £10 MILLION POUNDS on "CONSULTANTS" over the last 20 years.

Reply Posted by John on Saturday November 21 2015 at 19:47
So Tom thinks pensions should be cut. Let me say I have paid for my pension over many years and because of it I am not entitled to any benefits that are being claimed by all those who need the support. I also paid into the system that allows these benefits to be doled out, in many cases to people who could get off their backsides and find work.
Look in the pubs in Barnsley every night and see how many pensioners are there getting blind drunk and causing trouble. Not many. It's full of the poor young who can't find work but can pee there benefits up the wall after a good night out.
So what's fair. Those who have earned their pensions and paid into them benefit from them. That's fair.

Reply Posted by david wroe on Saturday November 21 2015 at 20:00
tell the government to slash there cuts by not getting a plane brand new of course at 400 million out of the tax payers money then they might dave a bit

Reply Posted by Kelly on Saturday November 21 2015 at 20:29
No doubt they'll be cutting the workforce yet again leading to even greater backlogs than what already exist. But then again what most people don't realise is they then pay staff to do overtime to try to clear these backlogs which defeats the object of getting rid of staff in the first place. Unbelievable what goes off on the inside I can tell you full of bigwigs with no idea how to run services or how to treat staff.

Reply Posted by Podger on Sunday November 22 2015 at 08:50
Get rid of Houghton. Simple!

Reply Posted by Just saying on Sunday November 22 2015 at 11:37
Although you have point at the big salaries it's the torie government what's to blame the cut the funding to local councils. It's a about time they stopped cutting funding now. I bet there local towns are not getting cuts like our town others places around the uk

Reply Posted by John Vickers on Sunday November 22 2015 at 13:59
Stop accepting the Tory cuts, fight them.....

Rather go down fighting than be on bended knee in front of the Establishment accepting unwarranted honours.......

Reply Posted by Dave on Sunday November 22 2015 at 22:14
The top posts paid in the council are paid more than the prime minister , keep wasting money on new 6 form colleges and stupid museums and start looking after the Barnsley people ?

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