Stockport Council faces more cutting over the next two years.
Over the last couple of years we’ve cut around £32 million from the Council budget after the then-Labour government first made it clear to us that we’d have to save between £40million and £70million over four years.
We’re still in that area, with the total savings over four years now looking to be around £60 million.
For 2013/14 we’re looking to make savings of about £15million, with the same for 2014/15. We’ve already brought forward proposals for about half of that £30 million and consulted on them. We need to identify further savings over the next few months and it’s not getting easier!
- We’re looking at every way to make savings, including seeing whether we can share staff and services with other councils (we already do this in many areas, it may be possible to do more).
- We’re proposing raising Council Tax by 2.5% – the first rise in three years – as an alternative to adding several million more onto the savings total.
- I think it’s important that councillors are looking at what we can do. The cost of councillors is falling: our allowances have been frozen for several years and will fall next year. Our expenses are down. Sue Derbyshire – the Lib Dem leader of the Council – has announced that the cost of the Executive will come down by 20% next year.