The big local news today is the publication of the council’s budget proposals on their website. They include proposals for £28.6 million worth of savings and outline plans for an additional £20.9 million of further savings.
The council’s press release uses the “c” word (“cuts” obviously) but fails to mention that the council’s pledge to hold council tax at the same level for the third year running will be funded by central government, some £3 million a year for four years.
You can see the papers here. There is a lot of detail here which I will go into in more depth over the next few days before the cabinet meeting on 30th November where this will all be decided.
The most newsworthy change so far seems to be the re-organisation of the ranger service to the point of destruction, see here.