Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

More Cuts to Come - but Bins Are Safe; Council Vows That Weekly Collections Will Continue despite Pressure

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

More Cuts to Come - but Bins Are Safe; Council Vows That Weekly Collections Will Continue despite Pressure

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Byline: DAN O'DONOGHUE Local Government Reporter danodonoghue@trinitymirror.com

THOUSANDS of families face an inflation-busting tax hike as plans to strip PS52m from a town hall's budget are revealed.

Cash-strapped North Tyneside Council is proposing to increase council tax by 4% next year - which equates to a PS60 rise for an average band D property.

This will come on the back of cuts likely to hit everyday services, although the council insists it will continue to collect bins weekly.

While the authority is not forthcoming with the details, phrases such as "rationalisation of assets", "disinvestment" and "efficiencies" are rife.

One statement read: "In addition to changes in service delivery it [the efficiency plan] also aims to ensure the organisation's infrastructure is changed and shrinks in line with the rest of the organisation."

The authority has acknowledged it is "in a very difficult position" and has said it is in talks with trade unions.

Since 2010 the council, like other local authorities, has lost Government funding. More than PS101m has already been saved and a further PS23m must be saved next year.

By the end of next year the council's spending power will have reduced by roughly PS276 per person since 2010.

The authority's elected mayor, Norma Redfearn, said: "This is an incredibly tough time as we are faced with steeply declining Government funding as well as relentless pressure on our already-slashed budgets.

"With so many competing demands to pay for services we have taken a lot of time to scrutinise our finances looking at every pound we spend. "Funding reductions on this scale mean difficult decisions have had to be made, and, unfortunately, many more lie ahead, if we are to manage with far less money.

"However I am determined to protect essential services to residents, invest in the future and support the local economy."

She added: "I am committed to focusing on the things that people have told us are most important to them such as jobs, health, clean streets, roads and pavements. …

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