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Taypayers to be hit by latest budget cuts in York


12:01am 28th November 2011

Members of the council's Cabinet will receive an update on the 2012/14 budget strategy at their next meeting on December 6th 2011.

The latest forecasts show the council will need to find savings of £12m in 2012/13 and £10m in 2013/14 - a total of £22m - in addition to the £21m of savings agreed in February for 2011/12.

A number of significant and unavoidable pressures are driving the savings requirements, including:

  • Adult Social Care - continued increases in the number of customers across all services, in line with the city's ageing population.
  • Looked after Children - the number of children requiring the council's care is currently 13 per cent higher than when the 11/12 budget was set
  • Waste -dealing with Landfill Tax requirements
  • Fuel and Energy costs
  • The impacts of high inflation (5 per cent) on external contracts

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council, said:

"In line with local authorities across the country, the council is having to consider some tough budgetary decisions as a result of the reduction in local government funding nationally. We recognise that some of the decisions we will have to take will not be popular and many, may not be ones we want to have to take. However, we will need to make those tough decisions to ensure we can protect services for the most vulnerable members of our communities."

Cabinet considers increased fees and charges

Members of City of York Council's Cabinet will be asked to consider proposals to increase some of the council's fees and charges for services, as one way of minimising the impact of reduced government funding on key services for vulnerable residents, at a meeting next month (6th December 2011).

If agreed, a number of fees of charges, including some licensing charges and registrar charges, would be increased by approximately five per cent (or to a rounded amount), from 2nd January 2012. The increase is based on the current rate of inflation.

No increases are proposed on sports charges, adult social care, car parking and markets at this time as it is felt that any increase in these areas would have an adverse impact either on service users or the volume of activity in these areas. 

Charges in these key areas will be looked at as part of the 2012/14 budget strategy.

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