Cutbacks to continue for years to come in Wrexham

Published date: 28 March 2011 |
Published by: Phil Robinson
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WREXHAM residents face another £9.5 million of cuts over the next three years.

And nothing can be ruled out in a bid to make savings, warns a council chief.

News on the latest round of financial pruning – which will come on top of the £7.5 million being sliced from the authority’s budget in the next financial year – was given to members of Wrexham Council’s finance and performance scrutiny committee by chief finance and performance officer Mark Owen.

He said most of the planned cuts in the budget for 2011/12 have already been achieved with “minimum impact” on services and “not a tremendous backlash” from council staff.

He added that, based on indications from the Welsh Assembly Government, the council would have to make further savings of about £5 million in 2012/13 and another £4.5 million in 2013/14.

Mr Owen described these figures as “achievable”.

After the meeting the council’s deputy leader, Cllr Bob Dutton, said: “We have a team of officers working on this and are waiting to see what they come up with in terms of economies.

“We will ensure as far as possible that frontline services are not affected but the spending of all departments is going to be considered.

“Nothing can be ruled out – the warning given by the finance officer is pertinent and gives us food for thought.”

At the finance scrutiny meeting Cllr David Griffiths, Labour member for Gwersyllt East and South, said the situation on school spending was not as bad as feared.

He said: “At the start of the year we expected to have to make cuts of £2 million to school budgets but in the event, as a result of our settlement from the Welsh Assembly Government, the cuts are more like a couple of hundred thousand pounds.

“This will be plus one per cent in 2012/13 and plus two per cent in 2013/14, which means a more positive picture.”

But Cllr Alun Jenkins, Liberal Democrat member for Offa, said: “Despite not having to cut £2 million from the school budget, we are still having to make cuts of £8
million in other council departments.”

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  1. Posted by: a cahill at 10:08 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Whats new then....WCBC have been cutting services for years...without any regard for the effect on the community whilst wasting money on issues that the community clearly don't want...Out of Step, Out of line and Out of order !!

  2. Posted by: liberty1 at 10:37 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Dont worry everyone , according to Camermoron , a man who rents out his London home for £72,000 a yr while living rent free at No 10 and has property in Notting Hill also a mansion in the Cotswolds , were all in this together , how he and his family must be suffering.

  3. Posted by: minera at 11:48 on 28 March 2011 Report

    They can save a fortune by not going for city status.

  4. Posted by: nuts68 at 12:21 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Minera ,your right £25,000 for just putting the bid in!

  5. Posted by: a cahill at 12:27 on 28 March 2011 Report

    £1.7 billion to support university students tuition fees...could be the costliest election ploy ever by the Labour led WAG...supporting the minority at the expense of the majority

  6. Posted by: liberty1 at 13:05 on 28 March 2011 Report

    ac ,what price education? you and your shower only want higher education for the wealthy hoping that by keeping the majority out it provides a pool of cheap labour , its 2011 not 1811.

  7. Posted by: Fadro at 14:26 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Lib: What price education? Nothing before 1997.

  8. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 14:38 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Wrexham has been cuttin back for years... its a common cry on our streets, while councillors waste £22,k on city statuus against our wishesno mmore boom and bust they said... they boomed now we're bust, thanks for sod all Labour.

  9. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 15:04 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Cllr Bob Dutton and his crew have ruined this town. what excuse for the spending cuts that were happening for the last 5/6 years? oh yes it was maggies fault.

  10. Posted by: liberty1 at 15:19 on 28 March 2011 Report

    Fadro , your more or less right , Blair was no better than Thatcher , he carried on many of her policies which allowed the bankers to bring about the world financial crash.

  11. Posted by: liberty1 at 15:22 on 28 March 2011 Report

    IMO , glad to see you have at last relised that Thatchers legacy is still affecting places like Wxm , have you had your bin back from the council and has anyone been to view the house?

  12. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 15:51 on 28 March 2011 Report

    lib, Thatcher has nothing to do with the present climate in Wrexham. thats down to the town councillors and its wasteful regime that refuses to listen to the people who make the town up.

  13. Posted by: liberty1 at 15:57 on 28 March 2011 Report

    IMO, dont you mean they wont listen to you?

  14. Posted by: a cahill at 16:03 on 28 March 2011 Report

    lib 1.....pity you can't send that comment to Ed Milliband,imagine bringing the suffragette's into his speech on Sat,13yrs of silence from Labour and Unions as jobs were lost and workers rights were diminished,early years education meddling and now selling out the Children for a £1.7/2.9 billion election ploy to the detriment of transport hospitals and local services, you cant cut it both ways and sit on the fence wringing your hands blaming all and sundry for problems of your own making

  15. Posted by: liberty1 at 16:15 on 28 March 2011 Report

    ac, your starting to see the light , Blair carried on following Thatcher which is why the things you mention may have happened , I didnt hear Millibands speech so what did he say about suffragettes?

  16. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 17:18 on 28 March 2011 Report

    I remember Shan Wilkinson refusing the leaders increase in salery, Roberts jumped at the chance and he's still only part time. cutbacks spanning 5/6 years through the boom years is set to continue, but ok to spend £22k on a city status for the sake of vanity? like your voice lib, mine has just as much right to be heard. the fact that it falls on deaf uncareing ears is part of the problem, we are supposed to live in a democracy, in wrexham that should be hypocracy.

  17. Posted by: REDQUAYITE at 17:30 on 28 March 2011 Report

    What has Wrexham Council got in common with Flintshire CC, oh yes they are both run by tories fib dems and Independents, what a shambles, time to kick them out.

  18. Posted by: InMyOpinion at 18:52 on 28 March 2011 Report

    REDQUAYITE, wrexham council consists of: Lib dem alliance 14 labour 12 conservatives 5, the rest are indipendents and is in effect a coalition council led by Aled Roberts(lib dem).conservatives get very little say in Wrexham which despite its indipendents is more Labour than any other.

  19. Posted by: liberty1 at 20:06 on 28 March 2011 Report

    IMO, RED , correct , you are wrong, stop hitting your head against the wall of Tory propaganda, you cant make a wheel square.

  20. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 11:00 on 29 March 2011 Report

    Labour government for 13 years and look at the state they left this country in. Shame on anyone who tries to defend them and forgets the fact at any election in the decades to come.

  21. Posted by: liberty1 at 11:20 on 29 March 2011 Report

    RC , still on Tory Groundhog Day.

  22. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 13:55 on 29 March 2011 Report

    Nothing more needs be said, libby. Sorry it didn't work out in the end.

  23. Posted by: liberty1 at 14:12 on 29 March 2011 Report

    RC , is your post of 13:55 an epitaph for the Con/LibDim alliance?

  24. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 08:13 on 30 March 2011 Report

    No, libby, the previous thirteen years of Labour "government" (I use the word loosely).

  25. Posted by: liberty1 at 09:01 on 30 March 2011 Report

    RC , My suggestion is more apt as will be shown when the May elections come round.

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