Time running out to have say on Southampton City Council's budget

Daily Echo: Time running out to have say on city's budget Time running out to have say on city's budget

TIME is running out to have your say on where the axe will fall on services in Southampton.

With the city council set to announce £13.5million of cuts in its 2014/15 budget, consultation ends on Friday.

Labour council chiefs unveiled their blueprint for the latest round of cuts in November.

Among the proposals, council tax will rise by 2 per cent, almost 100 jobs will be axed and services such as the City Patrol service will be scrapped.

Other services will be scaled back, such as Trading Standards, and the Tudor House museum, which will have its opening hours reduced.

Despite identifying the savings, Labour council bosses are still working to identify how to plug a £1.4million shortfall in the 2014/15 budget.

And the misery of the cuts is set to continue for the foreseeable future, with the council having to find another £48million in savings by 2016/17.

After 650 people have already taken part in the consultation, council leader Simon Letts is urging city residents to have their say by completing a consultation survey in the next two days.

He said: “Please take part in the consultation – we want to hear your views and every form will be read.

“We will compile all of the results and councillors will read what members of the public are saying, and your views will be taken into account.”

After consultation ends, the final budget proposals will be published at the end of the month, before the budget is set on February 12.

You can take part in the survey by visiting southampton.gov.uk.

The survey is also available in paper format in libraries, housing offices, GP surgeries and the Gateway building in Guildhall Square.

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9:28am Thu 9 Jan 14

sotonboy84 says...

I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget.

Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value!
I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget. Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value! sotonboy84
  • Score: 5

9:34am Thu 9 Jan 14

Outside of the Box says...

I honestly believe this is a paper exercise to make the public feel they've had a say in what the council does or doesn't cut., unfortunately I believe that councillors already know which departments will be affected, (other than those already reported) and they're testing the strength of feeling so as they can prepare for inevitable backlash from the public.

You cannot blame the council for the cuts, that blame lays fairly and squarely at the door of both Eric Pickles and George Osborn, who are hell bent on destroying the power of local authorities, not just here but countrywide.
I honestly believe this is a paper exercise to make the public feel they've had a say in what the council does or doesn't cut., unfortunately I believe that councillors already know which departments will be affected, (other than those already reported) and they're testing the strength of feeling so as they can prepare for inevitable backlash from the public. You cannot blame the council for the cuts, that blame lays fairly and squarely at the door of both Eric Pickles and George Osborn, who are hell bent on destroying the power of local authorities, not just here but countrywide. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 1

9:38am Thu 9 Jan 14

Outside of the Box says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget.

Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value!
That would be the ridiculous new policy introduced by the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.

That policy frees up local councils responsibility to repair those buildings, which they simple don't have the money to do any more, thanks to the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget. Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value![/p][/quote]That would be the ridiculous new policy introduced by the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. That policy frees up local councils responsibility to repair those buildings, which they simple don't have the money to do any more, thanks to the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. Outside of the Box
  • Score: -1

10:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

sotonboy84 says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget.

Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value!
That would be the ridiculous new policy introduced by the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.

That policy frees up local councils responsibility to repair those buildings, which they simple don't have the money to do any more, thanks to the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.
If that's the sole reason then why not sell them at full market value? If the council are struggling for money and having to make cuts, I can't see any justification for selling city assest at half their market value.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: I say that Simon Letts should be cut from the budget. Trying to sell pieces from the art collection and reducing the opening hours of the Tudor House… What else can you expect from a Labour council. Maybe also overturn that rediculous new policy of selling off council properties to 'community groups' for half their market value![/p][/quote]That would be the ridiculous new policy introduced by the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. That policy frees up local councils responsibility to repair those buildings, which they simple don't have the money to do any more, thanks to the Cabinet Member of for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.[/p][/quote]If that's the sole reason then why not sell them at full market value? If the council are struggling for money and having to make cuts, I can't see any justification for selling city assest at half their market value. sotonboy84
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

freefinker says...

.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice. freefinker
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Linesman says...

Central Government has cut the grant given to Southampton City Council and have put a cap on the percentage increase that can be made to the Council Tax.

This cap is lower than price rises, so it is inevitable that cuts have to be made to services.

Whatever decision the City Council makes, it will not be popular with a section of the community, but it has to be done.

It should be obvious to all that, if your income does not keep pace with inflation, then cuts have to be made.

The cause starts at the top, and the top is at Westminster - where they are still blaming the last Labour government as they eat their caviar and drink their champagne.
Central Government has cut the grant given to Southampton City Council and have put a cap on the percentage increase that can be made to the Council Tax. This cap is lower than price rises, so it is inevitable that cuts have to be made to services. Whatever decision the City Council makes, it will not be popular with a section of the community, but it has to be done. It should be obvious to all that, if your income does not keep pace with inflation, then cuts have to be made. The cause starts at the top, and the top is at Westminster - where they are still blaming the last Labour government as they eat their caviar and drink their champagne. Linesman
  • Score: -4

2:06pm Thu 9 Jan 14

southy says...

freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy southy
  • Score: -4

2:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote]If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you. Torchie1
  • Score: 3

2:37pm Thu 9 Jan 14

freefinker says...

southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
.. why don't you just have another stab at telling us?

Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote].. why don't you just have another stab at telling us? Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from? freefinker
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

southy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.
No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote]If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.[/p][/quote]No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election southy
  • Score: -5

4:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

southy says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
.. why don't you just have another stab at telling us?

Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?
Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote].. why don't you just have another stab at telling us? Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?[/p][/quote]Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed southy
  • Score: -4

4:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.
No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election
Rare to put up links?

That is Lie no. 1

You want people to make up their own minds? Yes, as long as it's the same as yours.

That's Lie no. 2

Wait for the 3rd election? It's going to be hilarious, no doubt you'll vanish for a while after the inevitable laughable results behind your fellow intellectual heavyweight Nick Chaffey.

Can't wait.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote]If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.[/p][/quote]No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election[/p][/quote]Rare to put up links? That is Lie no. 1 You want people to make up their own minds? Yes, as long as it's the same as yours. That's Lie no. 2 Wait for the 3rd election? It's going to be hilarious, no doubt you'll vanish for a while after the inevitable laughable results behind your fellow intellectual heavyweight Nick Chaffey. Can't wait. Shoong
  • Score: 6

5:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.
No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election
I forgot that 200 votes one year and a gain of around 10 is seen as a huge political gain. Stick to peddling fantasy politics on your local estate and you'll never be disappointed.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote]If you were remotely aware of it's location you would post a link but like all of your other 'facts' you prefer to hide it and you wonder why no-one votes for you.[/p][/quote]No I would not, its rare for me to put up links and yes I do once in a while, i want people to make up there own minds, No one votes for me, I think you should look at the figures as the last 2 elections the number is going up and its a wait and see on the 3rd election[/p][/quote]I forgot that 200 votes one year and a gain of around 10 is seen as a huge political gain. Stick to peddling fantasy politics on your local estate and you'll never be disappointed. Torchie1
  • Score: 6

10:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

freefinker says...

southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
.. why don't you just have another stab at telling us?

Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?
Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed
.. 'when the TUSC are in control of national Government" LOL
And this year, and next, and the next hundred years? How are you going to pay for 'No Cuts' while our great great-grandchildren are still waiting for TUSC to govern?
.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote].. why don't you just have another stab at telling us? Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?[/p][/quote]Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed[/p][/quote].. 'when the TUSC are in control of national Government" LOL And this year, and next, and the next hundred years? How are you going to pay for 'No Cuts' while our great great-grandchildren are still waiting for TUSC to govern? . freefinker
  • Score: 5

1:16am Fri 10 Jan 14

Torchie1 says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
freefinker wrote:
.. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'.
Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.
Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy
.. why don't you just have another stab at telling us?

Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?
Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed
.. 'when the TUSC are in control of national Government" LOL
And this year, and next, and the next hundred years? How are you going to pay for 'No Cuts' while our great great-grandchildren are still waiting for TUSC to govern?
.
Freely available election results for the last couple of years show a collapse in an already poor Tusc performance but to be beaten by over four to one by Militant Elvis Anti-Tesco Popular Front does suggest that your great great grandchildren are in for a long wait. Although their vote had fallen across the country they did take 17 votes to the Communist Leagues 7 in Manchester (Ancoats & Clayton) but they trailed behind the BNP and the Pirate Party, the Greens, UKIP, the Liberals and Labour. Not bad for the fastest growing political party.......... According to chairman Southy. There are plenty more disasters on record but I'm mindful of heart conditions in the ageing sections of the community.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. no doubt southy has had his say, just two words; 'No Cuts'. Shame after all my asking he had never been able to tell us how the Trots would get the money to put this policy/slogan into practice.[/p][/quote]Try reading the local manifest or ask nick for a copy[/p][/quote].. why don't you just have another stab at telling us? Remember, local government funding IS being cut year on year by central government. But you, with your 'No Cuts' slogan, say you will keep spending more each year. So, do the maths. Where does the extra dosh come from?[/p][/quote]Do your maths, when the TUSC are in control of national Government there will a number of things that will been got rid off like Central Government control on council finances, local government should be control by local government and not the national government, the tax loop hole will be closed[/p][/quote].. 'when the TUSC are in control of national Government" LOL And this year, and next, and the next hundred years? How are you going to pay for 'No Cuts' while our great great-grandchildren are still waiting for TUSC to govern? .[/p][/quote]Freely available election results for the last couple of years show a collapse in an already poor Tusc performance but to be beaten by over four to one by Militant Elvis Anti-Tesco Popular Front does suggest that your great great grandchildren are in for a long wait. Although their vote had fallen across the country they did take 17 votes to the Communist Leagues 7 in Manchester (Ancoats & Clayton) but they trailed behind the BNP and the Pirate Party, the Greens, UKIP, the Liberals and Labour. Not bad for the fastest growing political party.......... According to chairman Southy. There are plenty more disasters on record but I'm mindful of heart conditions in the ageing sections of the community. Torchie1
  • Score: 4

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