Archive For The “Council Budget” Category

How Not To Save Money

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How Not To Save Money

The Guardian reports on how Lambeth Council closed some libraries to save money, but then ended up spending more. It’s a lesson that all councillors could learn from: A council that temporarily closed two libraries just before the exam revision season as a supposed money-saving measure has spent up to three times as much per…

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An Audit Query

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An Audit Query

The District Council Audit Committee met last night. It was a fairly dry evening, as most audit committee meetings are. Though it was enlivened by a little farewell speech from one of our external auditors, at his last meeting with RDC after 17 years. “So Long and Thanks For All The Fish” he said… Chris…

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If You Are Interested In Council Car Park Income…

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If You Are Interested In Council Car Park Income…

The District Council Cabinet meet on Wednesday evening this week, one of the reports they are getting is an update on the council’s financial position. You can download it here. At the very end of the report is an analysis of the car park income – a modest increase on the previous financial year, following…

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Council Meeting On Tuesday – Setting The Council Tax

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Council Meeting On Tuesday – Setting The Council Tax

The District Council meets this Tuesday night at 7:30. There’s quite a lot on the agenda, but one particular item is setting the council tax:     female equivalent of viagra , viagra high blood pressure , female viagra alternative , buy and purchase viagra online , low cost viagra , how much is cialis…

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Restaurant Concerns

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Restaurant Concerns

Chris Black writes: It was interesting and welcome to see the Conservatives withdrawing their proposal to extend car-parking charges until 9 pm in the evening. It would have brought in more income but would probably have harmed some of the restaurants and eating and drinking places. These places help to keep our town centres viable…

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Tonight’s Budget Meeting

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Tonight’s Budget Meeting

Rochford District Council budget meeting finished after about an hour tonight, the main points are: Central government is treating us harshly Our budget is about £10 million a year Due to government cuts and other circumstances over the next few years we will either have to make savings and/ or increase council tax and/or other…

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Big Budget Meeting Next Week.

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Big Budget Meeting Next Week.

The District Council has a big budget next Tuesday 9th February, at 7:30. We received the agenda today, so there’s a lot of reading to do, and we will write in more detail later. But two things immediately stand out in the proposals from the Conservative administration: District Council Tax is proposed to rise by…

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Timid? Or Just Complaining Quietly?

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Timid? Or Just Complaining Quietly?

Liberal England reports here from Leicestershire: Leicestershire’s Conservative MPs were busy retweeting this photograph last week. It shows them and the Conservative leader of the county council Nick Rushton meeting the local government minister Marcus Jones to press the case for more generous funding for Leicestershire. The Leicester Mercury quoted Sir Edward Garnier, MP for…

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Cllr Steptoe’s Decisions On Council Car Parks

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Cllr Steptoe’s Decisions On Council Car Parks

Mike Steptoe is the affable Tory councillor for Barling and Sutton, and is the cabinet member for “Enterprise”. Which means he’s the person who makes decisions about whether to have free car parking in council car parks at Xmas, and whether to charge the NHS for using car parking spaces for breast screening or other…

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Important Stuff:Councils To Keep All Their Business Rates

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Important Stuff:Councils To Keep All Their Business Rates

At the moment councils collect council tax and business rates. Broadly speaking, councils keep the council tax but pass the business rates back to Central Government. Central government then gives some of that back to councils as government grants George Osbourne has announced today that in the future councils will be allowed to keep all…

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Review Committee Asks Cllr Steptoe To Re-Think On Breast Cancer Screening Charges

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Review Committee Asks Cllr Steptoe To Re-Think On Breast Cancer Screening Charges

The Review Committee started the new civic year under its new chairman, Cllr Jerry Gibson. It was a good natured , non-party-political meeting. The most significant item was a call-in by Cllr Michael Hoy regarding a decision by Cllr Mike Steptoe on charging for commercial use of council car parks. Councillors weren’t concerned so much…

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Setting The Council Tax

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Setting The Council Tax

The District Council meets on Tuesday night, mainly to set the council tax for 2015-2016. As you will see below, the District Council , the County Council and the Fire Service are all keeping things as they are, so the only changes will be with the police, and the various parish councils: Note that Rayleigh…

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