DIFFICULT decisions as part of next year’s council budget – including job losses – will be scrutinised by councillors before Christmas.
Around 20 compulsory redundancies will have to be made and price increases for council services could take place.
As part of setting the Council budget for next year, an Executive Committee meeting will develop plans for the fees and charges which people pay to use some council services.
The overall picture is an average 3% increase for services, although some will be reduced or frozen.
Coun. Mark Townsend, Executive member for Resources, said: “This has been a difficult budget setting process. The funding we get from government is reducing, and we are having to propose a number of redundancies because of this.
“We have explored all possibilities in an effort to minimise redundancies and are planning to make savings in other areas as well but unfortunately it has not been possible to balance the budget by this means alone.
“By consulting positively with staff and trade unions, we’ve been able to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies down from about 30 to just over 20. A number of vacant posts are also being deleted, and a small number of staff are moving from full time to part time.”
Charge increases include the costs of cremations and burials, and some council car parks. However, lesisure centre fess will remain the same and adult football teams will pay less to use pitches in the parks. Free swimming schemes for under 16s and over 60s will continue.
Coun. Townsend added: “We will continue to prioritise work and services on the things people say are the most important issues.”