“Cuts can only get worse”

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Cuts to council services are set to get worse and worse, according to the council’s finance chief.

Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance at Borough Hall, spoke to the Times & Citizen this morning, to outline the latest council budget.

But, although it has been announced that council tax will be frozen for the third year running, Mr Headley claimed that making £9.9million in government imposed cuts, on top of last year’s £13million has not been easy, and the situation is set to get worse not better.

He said: “We are expecting bigger funding gaps over the next few years. We will endeavour to make the savings in the back office but each year it gets tougher. We are having to make savings on top of savings we made the year before.”

He added: “Some councils are really struggling, I saw Newcastle Council has withdrawn all funding for the arts, and Sheffield was talking about closing the Don Valley Stadium, all of which would have been inconceivable before. It is getting very tough, and some council are having to make those very difficult decisions already.”

To find out what Mr Headley had to say about leisure services, bin collections and other budget concerns pick up your copy of this week’s Times & Citizen.