Wrexham Council's executive board may prune mayor bill


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

LATEST cuts to Wrexham Council’s 2015/16 budget will be debated at today’s executive board meeting.

Included in the proposals to be discussed will be a decision to prune the mayoral budget by £26,000.

Opponents of the civic role want a more drastic reduction but an amendment proposed at the February full council to slash the mayoral budget by £50,000 was voted down.

Also on the agenda today is a review of the community living service, with proposed savings of £250,000, a review of  so-called work opportunities services proposing savings of £100,000 and a review of short-term break facilities to save £444,000.

Also on the agenda is a bid to save £62,000 by reducing third party funding in prevention and social care.

The council is preparing for a budget cut next year estimated to be £8.2m with adult social care one of the areas which could be hardest hit. At last month's executive board savings totalling £4,176,000 were agreed for consultation.

Funding for transport provided to students in education over the age of 16 could be withdrawn by the council from September 2015.

The council currently spends more than £370,000 per year on transport for post-16 learners. This includes transport to Coleg Cambria Yale Campus, as well as transport to a range of other institutions outside the county.

But a report set to go before the executive board today details four options for restructuring the funding for transport, with one solution being to axe it completely.

The report says the council’s current arrangement is “unsustainable” and leaves the authority liable to transport students long distances to attend specialist courses.

Also on the agenda will be a report showing declining numbers at two struggling ‘super schools’.

Ysgol Rhosnesni and Ysgol Clywedog, both placed in special measures after Estyn inspections last year, have been hit by lower numbers of pupils transferring from designated cluster schools.

At last month’s executive board, councillors voted to continue to “support and challenge” the schools after signs of improvement.

Meanwhile, replacements for two councillors who recently stepped down from the executive board will be ratified.

Independent Cllr Ian Roberts from Chirk, a former Mayor of Wrexham, is to take over from veteran Independent councillor Bob Dutton from Erddig  as lead member for environment, while Labour councillor Dana Davies from Ruabon is the new lead member for health and adult social care, taking over from another long-serving member, Labour Cllr David Griffiths from Gwersyllt.

In a switch of roles Cllr Dutton has been nominated to replace Cllr Ian Roberts as the Independent representative on the region’s Police and Crime Panel.

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