Sunday, July 22, 2018

Councillors to scrutinise budget proposals

The cross cutting resources and corporate business scrutiny committee will debate the proposals on Wednesday and Thursday next week before making their recommendations to cabinet.

The vast majority of the savings come from internal efficiencies such as reducing office accommodation, staff restructures and reducing the spend in areas such as software, external supplies and services.

Councillor Anthony Hunt, leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, said: “Once again, Councils are being placed in a very difficult position as a result of ongoing austerity and rising demand for services.

“We have challenged our services to become more efficient in the way they operate and are putting forward saving proposals that minimise the impact on the public, whilst continuing to support the council’s priorities of raising educational attainment, protecting the vulnerable and a cleaner and greener Torfaen.

“Of course, even internal efficiencies will have some impact on how our services are delivered, but by reducing the number of buildings the council uses, making better use of new technology, restructuring teams and services and cutting our spend on things like software, I am satisfied that we are doing all we can to protect our much valued public services in these difficult financial times for local government.&;

You can view the proposals here:

Budget 2018/19

List of savings proposals

Source: http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/News/2018/January/25-Councillors-to-scrutinise-budget-proposals.aspx (Thu Jan 25th 2018)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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