Southampton City Council to approves £14.4m worth of cuts

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  • Council debate due to start at 2pm
  • Ruling Labour group has out forward its budget plans
  • Opposition have alternative budgets to be considered

4:31pm

A single shout of "shame on you" came down from the public gallery as the result of he the vote was confirmed. Only Labour voted for the budget, but due to the party's majority, the fact that all of he them voted for it got it over the line.

3:53pm

And Labour.'s budget had been approved, meaning the axe will fall on £14.4million of cuts from April.

Council tax will rise by 1.9 per cent too, meaning the annual bill for a Band D property will rise from £1,475 to £1,500.

3:47pm

The Lib Dem alternative budget is defeated, with only the two Lib Dem members voting for it.

3:46pm

Now it's time for the voting...

3:46pm

His colleague, Keith Morrell, has warned that following this year's budget there is now "nowhere for the council to hide" and that frontline services will be "brutalised" in subsequent years.

3:46pm

3:43pm

Finally it's the turn of Putting People First, formerly Councillors Against The Cuts.

Don Thomas says there is an alternative to approving the cuts, and implored his former Labour colleagues to vote against the budget.

3:38pm

Cllr Letts had earlier defended his group's record in "enhancing" Southampton by pointing to the Arts Complex, which work started on last year, and the Watermark West Quay project, which will begin in the autumn.

Daily Echo: The view of the planned cinema at Watermark WestQuay, as seen looking towards Western Esplanade from Marine Parade.

He also criticised Government funding cuts which he said had disproportionately hit Southampton in comparison with its more affluent neighbour, Winchester.

3:37pm

He says the changes would be funded by cutting spending on capital projects, reducing councillors' allowances, adding the late night levy on bars - recently put forward by Labour - and accepting the Government's grant to freeze council tax.

He says his party's proposals are "radical, fair and responsible"

3:26pm

He says his party's alternatives to Labour's budget include repealing cuts to the City Patrol and out of hours noise response, and investing in street cleaning.

He says his party's budget would see 20 fewer redundancies and provide support for the most vulnerable.

3:20pm

Now it is the Liberal Democrats' turn, with leader Adrian Vinson rising to his feet to speak.

He says the Conservative proposals "don't add up" and says they failed "lamentably" in power.

Daily Echo: Cllr Adrian Vinson

3:20pm

Tory leader Royston Smith is now speaking.

He has accused Labour of "hypocrisy" by increasing the council cabinet by 50 per cent while cutting the workforce by 1 per cent, and of creating a cost of living crisis in Southampton

3:11pm

Labour leader Simon Letts had earlier criticised the Government for cutting funds, and for making the council liable to pay business rate appeals back to 2005.

He described the budget as "an excellent budget with minimum job losses and minimum service reductions"

3:10pm

He says the Tories would accept an £800,000 Government grant to freeze council tax, put more money into street cleaning and would reverse cuts to the out of hours noise service, community centres, the City Patrol and the hours at The Tudor House museum.

3:09pm

Cllr Hannides is heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people".

He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third

2:58pm

Conservative finance spokesman John Hannides is now speaking.

He has accused Labour of lacking leadership and doing a "hatchet job" on services.

Daily Echo: Labour ‘plan B’ on job cuts rejected by Southampton Tories

2:57pm

Leader Simon Letts has formally seconded the budget.

2:55pm

2:50pm

Cllr Barnes-Andrews also said consultation with Hammerson and Red Funnel will take place on the future of the CityLink free bus service, which is having a £110,000 fund withdrawn.

2:46pm

He says council bosses took note of the consultation carried out, saying two Museums and Galleries Education Team staff members will have their jobs saved, while the mayor's number plate has been saved from a proposed sale.

Daily Echo: Mayor Ivan White with the new minibus which now bears the number plate

 

2:44pm

He says that once vacant and deleted posts are taken into account, 35 people could be made redundant.

2:40pm

He says efficiencies have been made and vacant job posts deleted where possible, but that the council is "probably running to the end of the line" on that strategy.

2:35pm

He says the council has saved £50million since 2010.

He said: "The approach we have taken is to be as efficient as possible."

2:22pm

Cllr Barnes-Andrews is now formally moving the city's budget for 2014/15.

2:19pm

Director of Corporate Services Mark Heath is currently going through procedures for the meeting ahead of he the budget debate starting proper.

2:17pm

The meeting is kicked off by a deputation from resident Ann McGillivray, who has asked the council to back her plan to develop "products" for Southampton by supporting artists and designers.

Finance chief Stephen Barnes-Andrews says he will provide a written response to her deputation but says that it may be "difficult" for the council to answer some of her requests.

2:13pm

Daily Echo:

These are some of the key figures from the proposed budget.

2:05pm

City Sheriff Sue Blatchford will preside over today's meeting as Mayor Ivan White's mum is unwell.

She starts the meeting by warning that she will "poke" anyone with the 113-year-old sheriff's wand if they misbehave.

2:01pm

Socialist Party campaigners wisely decided to move their protest indoors rather than facing the winds swirling around the Civic Centre.

One of them, Declan Clune, said: "we are here to support Putting People First.

"These cuts are not necessary, there are alternatives to explore but this council just seems intent on pushing through the cuts.

"Nothing is safe, every service is in the firing line."

Daily Echo:

2:00pm

The Civic Centre council chamber is starting to fill up ahead of the start of the budget-setting meeting at 2pm

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3:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Ronnie G says...

No, No, No, the council did not listen to feedback in consultation on the 2staff in museums and gallery.
According to Central Government, the minimum of 2 EDUCATiNG museum gallery staff must be employed at all costs at all times, due to the requirements for children and schools
No, No, No, the council did not listen to feedback in consultation on the 2staff in museums and gallery. According to Central Government, the minimum of 2 EDUCATiNG museum gallery staff must be employed at all costs at all times, due to the requirements for children and schools Ronnie G

3:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Ronnie G says...

Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members.
Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....!
Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love.
Southampton is not for you. It will never work.
Go back to Peckham Poppet x
Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members. Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....! Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love. Southampton is not for you. It will never work. Go back to Peckham Poppet x Ronnie G

3:37pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

The mayors number plate is irrelevant as it is not a cost to the council. It is an asset that they were trying to sell to cash in on so not selling it is not a saving.
The mayors number plate is irrelevant as it is not a cost to the council. It is an asset that they were trying to sell to cash in on so not selling it is not a saving. sotonboy84

4:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

Was this ever in doubt? Of course they were going to approve the cuts!
Was this ever in doubt? Of course they were going to approve the cuts! 03alpe01

4:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Was this ever in doubt? Of course they were going to approve the cuts!
Just a tick box exercise like the night time parking and second parking permit charge - tick all the boxes on paper, don't care about listening to the people of the city.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Was this ever in doubt? Of course they were going to approve the cuts![/p][/quote]Just a tick box exercise like the night time parking and second parking permit charge - tick all the boxes on paper, don't care about listening to the people of the city. sotonboy84

4:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people".

He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third.
.
Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster.
.
....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ......
......
The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people". He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third. . Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster. . ....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ...... ...... Lone Ranger.

4:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

At one time there used to be a Labour Party, which used to improve services and create or protect jobs.

But that got infiltrated by the offspring of Tories and Liberals, the self serving unprincipled ruthless mob that calls itself New Labour but to secure votes abuses the respectful brand name 'Labour Party' and when in office behave as unofficial right wing of the Tories.

So hardly surprising under former slightly socialist leaning and latest convert to NuLabourism Cllr. Simon Letts Blairite leadership the sharp axe of cuts has started to destroy whatever little had managed to escape the similar policies of last Tory run Council.

End of the day the buck stops with us the people, because in democracy you only get what we collectively elect.

So those who like me really oppose unnecessary cuts should think carefully before voting in May elections.
At one time there used to be a Labour Party, which used to improve services and create or protect jobs. But that got infiltrated by the offspring of Tories and Liberals, the self serving unprincipled ruthless mob that calls itself New Labour but to secure votes abuses the respectful brand name 'Labour Party' and when in office behave as unofficial right wing of the Tories. So hardly surprising under former slightly socialist leaning and latest convert to NuLabourism Cllr. Simon Letts Blairite leadership the sharp axe of cuts has started to destroy whatever little had managed to escape the similar policies of last Tory run Council. End of the day the buck stops with us the people, because in democracy you only get what we collectively elect. So those who like me really oppose unnecessary cuts should think carefully before voting in May elections. Paramjit Bahia

4:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tootle says...

Labour were elected on promises of restoring all the wage cuts, not cutting services etc, etc, etc. Whilst Royston was not popular he at least tried thinking outside the rigid box of "we need to save money so lets cut services and make staff redundant". Be interesting to see the results of the local elections this year - Labour - just cut everything, night time levy and additional parking charges and those traffic jams. Tories still deeply unpopular. LibDems and minor parties - hmm, nobody campaigning yet so they probably don't actually want to run the council.............
.... This is Southampton.
Labour were elected on promises of restoring all the wage cuts, not cutting services etc, etc, etc. Whilst Royston was not popular he at least tried thinking outside the rigid box of "we need to save money so lets cut services and make staff redundant". Be interesting to see the results of the local elections this year - Labour - just cut everything, night time levy and additional parking charges and those traffic jams. Tories still deeply unpopular. LibDems and minor parties - hmm, nobody campaigning yet so they probably don't actually want to run the council............. .... This is Southampton. tootle

4:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people".

He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third.
.
Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster.
.
....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ......
......
I am surprised that so far Cllr Hannidies has not decided to sell the Civic Centre on the cheap to some slippery donor of Conservatives
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people". He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third. . Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster. . ....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ...... ......[/p][/quote]I am surprised that so far Cllr Hannidies has not decided to sell the Civic Centre on the cheap to some slippery donor of Conservatives Paramjit Bahia

4:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
At one time there used to be a Labour Party, which used to improve services and create or protect jobs.

But that got infiltrated by the offspring of Tories and Liberals, the self serving unprincipled ruthless mob that calls itself New Labour but to secure votes abuses the respectful brand name 'Labour Party' and when in office behave as unofficial right wing of the Tories.

So hardly surprising under former slightly socialist leaning and latest convert to NuLabourism Cllr. Simon Letts Blairite leadership the sharp axe of cuts has started to destroy whatever little had managed to escape the similar policies of last Tory run Council.

End of the day the buck stops with us the people, because in democracy you only get what we collectively elect.

So those who like me really oppose unnecessary cuts should think carefully before voting in May elections.
But surely the people/person you will vote for are against the cuts anyway .... so you will be able to vote .....
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: At one time there used to be a Labour Party, which used to improve services and create or protect jobs. But that got infiltrated by the offspring of Tories and Liberals, the self serving unprincipled ruthless mob that calls itself New Labour but to secure votes abuses the respectful brand name 'Labour Party' and when in office behave as unofficial right wing of the Tories. So hardly surprising under former slightly socialist leaning and latest convert to NuLabourism Cllr. Simon Letts Blairite leadership the sharp axe of cuts has started to destroy whatever little had managed to escape the similar policies of last Tory run Council. End of the day the buck stops with us the people, because in democracy you only get what we collectively elect. So those who like me really oppose unnecessary cuts should think carefully before voting in May elections.[/p][/quote]But surely the people/person you will vote for are against the cuts anyway .... so you will be able to vote ..... Lone Ranger.

5:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people".

He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third.
.
Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster.
.
....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ......
......
Of course, vote Labour, the party you're dependent on to fund your lifestyle.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people". He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third. . Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster. . ....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ...... ......[/p][/quote]Of course, vote Labour, the party you're dependent on to fund your lifestyle. sotonboy84

5:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

They slash budgets and cut essential services yet p!ss away money on stupid things we DON'T NEED
They slash budgets and cut essential services yet p!ss away money on stupid things we DON'T NEED Mary80

6:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Ronnie G wrote:
Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members.
Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....!
Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love.
Southampton is not for you. It will never work.
Go back to Peckham Poppet x
Down here on earth in the real world we respect women and don't call them 'love' or 'poppet', regardless of whether we agree with them or not. Why not just stick to the issues instead of attacking the person?
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members. Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....! Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love. Southampton is not for you. It will never work. Go back to Peckham Poppet x[/p][/quote]Down here on earth in the real world we respect women and don't call them 'love' or 'poppet', regardless of whether we agree with them or not. Why not just stick to the issues instead of attacking the person? WalkingOnAWire

9:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people".

He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third.
.
Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster.
.
....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ......
......
Of course, vote Labour, the party you're dependent on to fund your lifestyle.
At least i have a lifestyle ....... and a life.
.
What a pity that yours is filled with spite ....... but you are a Tory
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: The most amusing thing to come from this debate is when Cllr Hannides was heckled at points during his speech, especially when he declares the Tories to be the "party of the people". He says his party would fund their proposals by selling artwork, sharing services with other authorities, increasing outsourcing and reducing the number of councillors by a third. . Party of the people !!!! ...... How out of touch is this waster. . ....... oh yes AND .... Selling the Artwork ...... what a poular decision that wouyld be ...... even his own Tory chums on here dont want it sold ..... But of course they do blame someone else ...... ......[/p][/quote]Of course, vote Labour, the party you're dependent on to fund your lifestyle.[/p][/quote]At least i have a lifestyle ....... and a life. . What a pity that yours is filled with spite ....... but you are a Tory Lone Ranger.

9:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
Ronnie G wrote:
Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members.
Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....!
Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love.
Southampton is not for you. It will never work.
Go back to Peckham Poppet x
Down here on earth in the real world we respect women and don't call them 'love' or 'poppet', regardless of whether we agree with them or not. Why not just stick to the issues instead of attacking the person?
It has always had that attitude ...... even before it changed the name it posted in ...... quite amusing really
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: Yeah right minimum job losses and service reductions for those employees that are Labour/Union members. Meanwhile down here on Earth in the REAL world.....! Rowenna(foot in mouth alert)!! Wind it in while you can love. Southampton is not for you. It will never work. Go back to Peckham Poppet x[/p][/quote]Down here on earth in the real world we respect women and don't call them 'love' or 'poppet', regardless of whether we agree with them or not. Why not just stick to the issues instead of attacking the person?[/p][/quote]It has always had that attitude ...... even before it changed the name it posted in ...... quite amusing really Lone Ranger.

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