Grant cuts to council 

14/06/10

 Bolton Council will need to find savings of more than £4m in this year following an announcement by central government that grants are being cut. 

The cut in £3.2m grants is part of wider £1.1bn cuts in funding for English councils.

 In addition £600k of grants, which specifically fund highway schemes, have also been cut.

Among other areas affected are children’s and adults’ services as well as community regeneration and neighbourhood management.

Before this announcement, the council was already reviewing existing schemes and projects to make £3m savings this year.

Stopping projects this year at such short notice will potentially result in redundancies which will bring the overall impact of these cuts to around £4m. 

Departments are being asked to find the following savings: children’s services and adults’ services - £1m each; economic development, including job support and business support - £900,000; community regeneration, neighbourhood management, and community and voluntary sectors - £600,000; and environmental services - £900,000, which includes the £600,000 grant for road schemes.

The above proposals will be discussed by councillors next week and a full report on the impact of these cuts and the options will be reported to the Executive at their meeting on June 28.

 

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