£105M to be cut from council budget

Central ward winner, Labour's Glyn Jones.
Central ward winner, Labour's Glyn Jones.

Doncaster is facing the prospect of further spending cuts after another £105 million was shaved from the council’s budget.

Council leaders said more jobs will be shed at the authority, which has already closed two libraries, a children’s centre and axed hundreds of roles.

Doncaster Council will have to slice an additional 10 per cent more from its budget in 2015 as a result of yesterday’s Government’s spending review.

The authority said it meant tougher decisions would have to be made, and innovation and finding new ways to deliver services would be the focus as money gets increasingly scarce.

The council has made £93m of cuts in the last three years and today’s news means a further £105m will have to be cut from its budget between April 2014 and March 2017.

The council expects to reduce its spending by £39m in 2014-15, £34m in 2015/16 and £32m in 2016/17.

It means the council will have about 40 per cent less money than in 2010.

Deputy Mayor Coun Glyn Jones said: “Doncaster, like other local authorities in the North, has again taken the brunt of colossal cuts to local government and we are determined to continue to provide good value for money services to local people.

“However, the latest news that we will be hit hard again is a real body blow.

“We will brace ourselves for these savage cuts and meet the challenge head on.

“We can be certain of one thing, things will have to change as we cannot afford to stand still.

“We will have to innovate and decide what services we can continue to deliver, what may need to be delivered differently or what has to stop.”

He added: “Change is inevitable with these imposed central Government cuts and unfortunately will probably mean we have to reduce our staffing bill.

“We will continue to protect services for those people who need them the most and make the most of opportunities to help the local economy grow.”

“We will do all we can to reduce spending in a fair way and minimise the impact on our communities. 
Details of cost cutting for 2014/15 and 2015/16 will not be released until mid-December.

The council already expected more than 300 jobs to be shed in the 2013-14 financial year.

A total of 1,165 posts have gone at the authority since 2010.

Union convenor at the authority, Jim Board, said: “This is come as a massive blow to already hard pressed workers, who had hoped that there would be some light at the end of the tunnel.

“This will do nothing to reassure them.

“People will be feeling very anxious.”