Council reconsiders its cost-cutting plans after £600k windfall
hopes have been raised this week that a Burnham-On-Sea bus service
could be saved after Somerset County Council said it has received
a £600,000 Government cash windfall which will enable it
to review some of its cost-cutting proposals.
County Council first announced
last November that it plans to withdraw the 102 bus service
which runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare via Burnham, Highbridge,
Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and East Brent, as part of a savings
exercise. Its public consultation on the plans closed last month.
cost cutting plans are due to be considered by the council's Cabinet
today (Monday), however the council has said that it is reconsidering
some of its cost-cutting proposals after Somerset was named by
the government as one of several authorities getting an unexpected
share of £74m for local welfare and social care.
cash will be used to review some of the proposed bus route closures
and could see the removal of a proposed cut to some homeless support
services from this years budget plans.
review of savings in light of the extra funding will be considered
at todays meeting of the County Councils Cabinet.
is very welcome and comes at a time when we are looking at dealing
with a £21m cut in government funding," said Council
Leader John Osman.
am delighted we are now able to review some of our proposed savings,
but I will continue the fight for more funding to protect our
Osman highlighted proposed savings now being reviewed, including
funding to help prevent people becoming homeless known
as Pathway 4 Adults - and £90k in public subsidies for seven
Saturday bus routes.
have listened to the many concerns expressed about Pathway 4 Adults
and how the proposals would have an impact on other councils and
partners. However, the longer-term the solution is not entirely
in the hands of the County Council which has no statutory responsibility
to provide this support."
will be hosting further meetings with councils and partners to
discuss how they can help us make savings in this service and
what contributions they will make which needed for this support
also delighted that after our extensive consultation, we are able
to consider continuing to subsidise some of our local Saturday
bus routes. But lets not lose sight of the fact that Somerset
is under-funded by government and the gap between our funding
and services that residents want us to provide is growing each
County Councils 2015/16 budget will be considered by Cabinet
today (Monday 9th February) and then by the Full Council on 18th