MAYOR of Doncaster Peter Davies has defended cuts made in his budget.
Mr Davies, who announced the closure of a children’s centre and 308 job cuts, said compared to other councils, Doncaster was making few cuts, adding another council was closing 19 children’s centres.
He said: “Despite this being the hardest budget I have had to make as we come to terms with the Government’s deficit reduction plans, I have pulled a robust budget together which protects crucial front line services and our most vulnerable residents. I am particularly proud that we have protected services for those with moderate care needs where other authorities have cut them.
“This is the third year in a row I have frozen council tax and Doncaster now has the fifth lowest council tax of all the Metropolitan Boroughs and Unitary Councils. I am proud of this achievement as it helps local residents during a time when they need it most.
“We do have to make significant budget savings next year but I am pleased that half of the savings will come from our continued work to tackle waste and improving efficiency.
“Being prudent, efficient and removing unnecessary bureaucracy has always been an important priority of mine as Mayor and by continuing to focus on improved and better processes we should find £12.9million of efficiency savings next year.
“These are tough times and with this period of austerity expected to last until at least the end of the decade, I was determined to provide a fair and balanced budget that protects the best interests of Doncaster and its residents.”