Pendle Council job fears if grant is axed

THE leader of Pendle Council has warned of ‘savage and draconian’ cuts to services and job losses if a Government grant is stopped.

Local authorities are waiting to hear if the transitional grant funding will end as scheduled in 2013/14.

But Pendle has urged ministers to keep the money in place or else it could be forced to make further job cuts.

Coun Joe Cooney has pressed the case to local government minister Bra- ndon Lewis at a meeting with council chief executive Stephen Barnes.

And in a follow-up letter to the minister, Coun Cooney issued a dire warning about the implications if the money was not forthcoming.

He said: “The size of the proposed grant reductions are of a magnitude that, even in an extremely efficient authority such as Pendle, they outstrip by a large measure any efficiency measures that could be further implemented.

“Savage and draconian service cuts and job losses could be the only outcome if no solution can be found. The last settlement still left Pendle facing severe grant reductions and during the last two years we have saved a further £2.5million.”

Pendle received £2.2million in transitional grant funding for 2012/13, and they fear that losing this would force them to make drastic cuts.

Coun Cooney said the proposed grant reductions went far beyond the efficiency savings already made by the council.

He said: “I know you will understand the difficulty this may lead to in maintaining some of our priority front-line services if the proposed grant reductions go ahead.

“That would be particularly damaging to an efficient Conservative-led council such as Pendle.”

In 2010, Pendle made 23 staff redundant, a much reduced figure from the original estimate of 76.

In the past 12 months the council has used some of the grant funding to support voluntary, community and faith sector groups to help them become self-sufficient organisations. It has also invested in neighbourhood teams and tried to encourage economic growth.

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5:01pm Wed 12 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

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6:49pm Wed 12 Dec 12

coates warder says...

get some of them millions spent you have for a rainy day you keep saying you have in the bank..also stop having wage rises .ive not had one for 6 years.but been told to get on with it.you lot on the council have wage rises every year.
get some of them millions spent you have for a rainy day you keep saying you have in the bank..also stop having wage rises .ive not had one for 6 years.but been told to get on with it.you lot on the council have wage rises every year. coates warder

8:48pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Rimbus says...

If the Transitional Grant is not due to end until 2013/14 then it does not become an issue until 6th April 2014 which is almost 17 months away. There won't be a problem because by then all the taxpayers money given away to the numerous new businesses set up in Pendle over the last 6 months as part of the Portas project will be paying dividends by then. The new employment opportunities created by the new electronic cigarette shop and the Chuckle Brothers' sweet shop among others will more than compensate for the jobs that have to be cut at the Council. What's the problem JC?
If the Transitional Grant is not due to end until 2013/14 then it does not become an issue until 6th April 2014 which is almost 17 months away. There won't be a problem because by then all the taxpayers money given away to the numerous new businesses set up in Pendle over the last 6 months as part of the Portas project will be paying dividends by then. The new employment opportunities created by the new electronic cigarette shop and the Chuckle Brothers' sweet shop among others will more than compensate for the jobs that have to be cut at the Council. What's the problem JC? Rimbus

8:58pm Wed 12 Dec 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Yes the cuts are coming councillor and not before time. The public sector became bloated and inefficient under the last "New Labour" government. Thank God that "New Labour" are no longer in power, we must never let them into power again. Never, Never, Never. Go David, Go George dismantle the bloated public sector completely and privatise it all, then we will see some real improvements and savings. Bye Bye!

Deus Vobiscum
Yes the cuts are coming councillor and not before time. The public sector became bloated and inefficient under the last "New Labour" government. Thank God that "New Labour" are no longer in power, we must never let them into power again. Never, Never, Never. Go David, Go George dismantle the bloated public sector completely and privatise it all, then we will see some real improvements and savings. Bye Bye! Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE

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