Swindon Advertiser£25m budget cut has meant difficult decisions, says Wiltshire Council leader (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Wiltshire’s element of council tax set to be frozen

Swindon Advertiser: Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott

Wiltshire Council had to make some difficult decisions when creating proposals to slash its 2014/15 budget by £25 million, leader Jane Scott said today.

The council’s cabinet, during a meeting held at County Hall, approved the plans which will be voted on by councillors at a full council meeting, taking place on Tuesday, February 25.

If accepted, amongst some of the planned changes, the council will reduce funding for bus services they deem not to be efficient, bring family information services in-house and withdraw 5p per mile support funding to the region’s Link bus services, although the groups will still be entitled to apply for grants.

Coun Scott said: “This has not been a very easy budget but there were two things we wanted to ensure.

"The first was that we protected frontline services as much as possible and the second was that we wanted to keep the council tax down as we know people are struggling.”

The proposals will see Wiltshire Council’s element of the council tax being frozen.

The budget will also see around £18m invested in improving some of their other services. These include investing an extra £10m in highways schemes, £1.3m in health provisions and giving staff a one per cent pay rise.

To see the budget proposals in full visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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3:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mrstidds says...

Yes it's a very difficult decision to award yourselves a 22% payrise whilst cutting budgets and only offering other staff a 1% pay rise!
Yes it's a very difficult decision to award yourselves a 22% payrise whilst cutting budgets and only offering other staff a 1% pay rise! mrstidds
  • Score: 48

3:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

anonomous100 says...

HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face!
HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face! anonomous100
  • Score: 33

3:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

urchy-101 says...

And she strikes again! Perhaps if the big coats took a pay cut it may help the situation.... Jane will be meeting the fire one day!
And she strikes again! Perhaps if the big coats took a pay cut it may help the situation.... Jane will be meeting the fire one day! urchy-101
  • Score: 30

3:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

€d says...

No difficulty in agreeing a massive pay rise though.
No difficulty in agreeing a massive pay rise though. €d
  • Score: 34

8:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

anonomous100 wrote:
HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face!
Lovely big payout for lots of very average staff. Admittedly, it would then mean having to try and hold down a job in the real world...
[quote][p][bold]anonomous100[/bold] wrote: HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face![/p][/quote]Lovely big payout for lots of very average staff. Admittedly, it would then mean having to try and hold down a job in the real world... ChannelX
  • Score: 3

5:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

politepanda says...

"The first was that we protected frontline services as much as possible and the second was that we wanted to keep the council tax down as we know people are struggling.”
This woman is beyond a joke. She takes crass to new heights.
"The first was that we protected frontline services as much as possible and the second was that we wanted to keep the council tax down as we know people are struggling.” This woman is beyond a joke. She takes crass to new heights. politepanda
  • Score: 14

6:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

lokalgirl says...

Jane....do the right thing, time for you to relinquish your responsibilities. Your time here is done.
Jane....do the right thing, time for you to relinquish your responsibilities. Your time here is done. lokalgirl
  • Score: 10

6:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

lokalgirl wrote:
Jane....do the right thing, time for you to relinquish your responsibilities. Your time here is done.
Do you actually think anyone else would be different? How many council bosses do you know who dont have their nose in the trough???/
[quote][p][bold]lokalgirl[/bold] wrote: Jane....do the right thing, time for you to relinquish your responsibilities. Your time here is done.[/p][/quote]Do you actually think anyone else would be different? How many council bosses do you know who dont have their nose in the trough???/ house on the hill
  • Score: -3

9:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

the optimist says...

Not sure why my previous comment was removed? It is obvious that these people are no longer listening to the electorate and we need to do something about it?
Not sure why my previous comment was removed? It is obvious that these people are no longer listening to the electorate and we need to do something about it? the optimist
  • Score: 5

10:06am Wed 12 Feb 14

gingin says...

It won't matter about a vote at Full Council the same thing will happen as it did at the allowances meeting! Block vote whatever, all pushed through regardless and anyone having the audacity to disagree either Councillor or member of the public, will be jeered and insulted by Jane's "We're all in this together" party!!
It won't matter about a vote at Full Council the same thing will happen as it did at the allowances meeting! Block vote whatever, all pushed through regardless and anyone having the audacity to disagree either Councillor or member of the public, will be jeered and insulted by Jane's "We're all in this together" party!! gingin
  • Score: 7

10:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

optimist, there is a subtle management of comments and news stories.
Cuts for a disability charity, redundancy for 'hardworking taxpayers. a massive rise for themselves - hard to believe the gall of these bungling amateurs.
optimist, there is a subtle management of comments and news stories. Cuts for a disability charity, redundancy for 'hardworking taxpayers. a massive rise for themselves - hard to believe the gall of these bungling amateurs. kimcrawley
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

brasstacks says...

Jane Scott was on BBC Wiltshire earlier today and is still trying to impress the world with her "Attrium" at County Hall....she talks absolute TWADDLE and has little understanding or care about how her and her "Cons-Cab" decisions HAVE seriously affected Residents and Staff alike..

Dear Jane...

We do NOT want you to "invest" ANY of the Funding that Government Award you for our County....

The sooner that you get down to the Bank or Building Society where you have stashed away this County's Fundings, the better.....

The Funding Government Award W/C IS for the County and NOT for your Politically motivated obsessive distribution.....

Madam, you do NOT have a Democratic bone in your body..

It would be fab if you could give an "interview" and tell us all WHERE you have "invested" the £50 MILLION that the Government gave you in 2013 for "planning" ??......

Is that in an "off shore account" or simply just "put by for a Conservative rainy day" ??....

We are all STILL waiting for you to Publish what your Senior Executives "claimed" on their Corporate Credit Cards in November and December 2013 and....January 2014......
Jane Scott was on BBC Wiltshire earlier today and is still trying to impress the world with her "Attrium" at County Hall....she talks absolute TWADDLE and has little understanding or care about how her and her "Cons-Cab" decisions HAVE seriously affected Residents and Staff alike.. Dear Jane... We do NOT want you to "invest" ANY of the Funding that Government Award you for our County.... The sooner that you get down to the Bank or Building Society where you have stashed away this County's Fundings, the better..... The Funding Government Award W/C IS for the County and NOT for your Politically motivated obsessive distribution..... Madam, you do NOT have a Democratic bone in your body.. It would be fab if you could give an "interview" and tell us all WHERE you have "invested" the £50 MILLION that the Government gave you in 2013 for "planning" ??...... Is that in an "off shore account" or simply just "put by for a Conservative rainy day" ??.... We are all STILL waiting for you to Publish what your Senior Executives "claimed" on their Corporate Credit Cards in November and December 2013 and....January 2014...... brasstacks
  • Score: 9

3:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

the optimist says...

kimcrawley wrote:
optimist, there is a subtle management of comments and news stories.
Cuts for a disability charity, redundancy for 'hardworking taxpayers. a massive rise for themselves - hard to believe the gall of these bungling amateurs.
kimcrawley, I hope you are not suggesting that this newspaper would edit (or allow to be edited) comments from the public to skew the public perception of an article?
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: optimist, there is a subtle management of comments and news stories. Cuts for a disability charity, redundancy for 'hardworking taxpayers. a massive rise for themselves - hard to believe the gall of these bungling amateurs.[/p][/quote]kimcrawley, I hope you are not suggesting that this newspaper would edit (or allow to be edited) comments from the public to skew the public perception of an article? the optimist
  • Score: 7

5:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

On other 'comment' sites there is always a reference when a comment has been moderated. (censored).
Here they just seem to disappear, usually by the introduction of another piece of spin reported as news - aka doing a Dyson.
Or the Paul Daniels 'now you see it now you don't'.
It's reassuring to know that selfish little wealth accumulators like Scott and her cohorts will twist arms to prevent a proper discussion or analysis of their 'Ultra Vires' actions.
Land of the free, providing you agree with this incompetent nasty little band of Tories who think they can do as they please.
On other 'comment' sites there is always a reference when a comment has been moderated. (censored). Here they just seem to disappear, usually by the introduction of another piece of spin reported as news - aka doing a Dyson. Or the Paul Daniels 'now you see it now you don't'. It's reassuring to know that selfish little wealth accumulators like Scott and her cohorts will twist arms to prevent a proper discussion or analysis of their 'Ultra Vires' actions. Land of the free, providing you agree with this incompetent nasty little band of Tories who think they can do as they please. kimcrawley
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

brandx says...

I wonder if Conservative backbenchers will behave in the same shocking way they did at the last Wiltshire Council meeting. Remember how they jeered at members of the public who came to present a petition against the Leader and Cabinet. This will hardly encourage menbersn of the public to attend. Doubtless this what the nasty party want.
I wonder if Conservative backbenchers will behave in the same shocking way they did at the last Wiltshire Council meeting. Remember how they jeered at members of the public who came to present a petition against the Leader and Cabinet. This will hardly encourage menbersn of the public to attend. Doubtless this what the nasty party want. brandx
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

I don't recall Jane "snout in the trough" Scott expressing the same concerns when awarding herself a massive pay rise.
I don't recall Jane "snout in the trough" Scott expressing the same concerns when awarding herself a massive pay rise. Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 8

10:33pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Locksmith says...

ChannelX wrote:
anonomous100 wrote:
HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face!
Lovely big payout for lots of very average staff. Admittedly, it would then mean having to try and hold down a job in the real world...
Absolutely right. Council staff have had a stress free easy life for too long. They are finally being dragged into the real world with the rest of us. My advise - if it's offered, take voluntary redundancy and then get out there in the job market and see how you fare! But maybe that's a bit scary?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anonomous100[/bold] wrote: HERE WE GO AGAIN!! Hands up for Voluntary Redundancy again? Fed up absolutely fed up, try to do a good job and you are rewarded with crap in your face![/p][/quote]Lovely big payout for lots of very average staff. Admittedly, it would then mean having to try and hold down a job in the real world...[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Council staff have had a stress free easy life for too long. They are finally being dragged into the real world with the rest of us. My advise - if it's offered, take voluntary redundancy and then get out there in the job market and see how you fare! But maybe that's a bit scary? Locksmith
  • Score: 0

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