council has 'fared reasonably well' despite funding cuts
District Council claimed on Thursday (June 10th) that
it will not be forced to make unplanned cuts to services in our
area this year despite a reduction in the council's central government
Council Leader Cllr Duncan McGinty, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are pleased to say that we have fared reasonably well
in the recent central government funding announcements and have
ensured that we have funds in place to compensate for any cuts."
this in no way reduces the pressures on next years budget
and we are still anticipating very significant reductions to next
years government grant funding."
added: "The council is currently anticipating a funding gap
in the region of £2.1 million for 2011/2012 and we have
no reason to believe this will change for the better."
situation at Somerset County Council is more severe, with the
council admitting this week that it is having to make around £4.5m
cuts this financial year.
impact will come over the next nine months with around £3m
cuts in funding and grants used to support projects in a wide
range of areas, from childrens social care through to road safety.
It will also see £1.5m of cuts in capital budgets in transport.
County Councils Leader Cllr Ken Maddock said in a statement
on Thursday: "These are tough times and it is a challenge
to make these savings in just a few months. However the country
is in a mess and we all have to play our part there is
no doubt that far bigger and more painful cuts will be announced
before long. Todays announcement is for grants to be cut
in very specific areas and we will look closely at what they will
mean for people in Somerset. We will do everything we can to minimise