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Threat to Pendle services in £5m cuts
PENDLE Council has warned residents that frontline services could go as they seek to make almost £5million in savings for the next two financial years.
Charging for some waste and recycling services, due for debate by councillors this week, is one measure that may be introduced, while public toilets and community halls could also be affected, with parish council asked to take on more responsibility.
The council now employs 128 staff fewer than it did in April 2010, and a further 20 posts could also be cut in the next financial year.
Coun Joe Cooney, Pendle Council leader, said: “Residents need to tell us what they want us to do or we will just make the decisions.”
One potential headache for the council is the loss of the transitional grant from the Government, which council chiefs are lobbying hard to avoid.
Coun Cooney said: “We could see up to a 60 per cent reduction in this grant, meaning we face a severe financial squeeze.
“The savings achieved since 2010 means our ability to deliver further efficiencies is limited without affecting frontline services.”
In 2014/15 the council needs to find savings of £2m and a further £2.7m in 2015/16. This year's budget is £14million.
They are looking at ways of generating extra income.
Dean Langton, head of central and regeneration services, said: “Our plan is all about encouraging economic growth, and to help this we’ve set aside another £300,000 through our Gearing up for Growth fund, in addition to the £340,000 last year, to help businesses to expand.
“We also want to promote more investment in houses to attract the New Homes Bonus grant.”
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