Hampshire County Council freezes council tax and makes £45m of cuts

Daily Echo: Hampshire County Council Hampshire County Council

COUNCIL tax is set to be frozen for the third year running today when ruling Tories on Hampshire County Council vote through cuts totalling £45m.

About 30 anti-cut campaigners and union members demonstrated outside the Winchester council chamber before Conservative councillors rubber-stamped the budget.

Unions and opposition councillors have called for the authority to spend some of its £213m reserves to save jobs and front-line services.

Almost every service will be cut apart from child protection and a further 230 jobs lost.

However the council has added £3m to the budget to help the vulnerable including, £900,000 for speech and language therapy for children with disabilities, £500,000 for a council apprenticeship scheme for children leaving care, £300,000 for an apprenticeship scheme for college leavers with learning disabilities and £300,000 to help troubled families turn their lives around.

In addition, £1m has been ringfenced to help disabled adults hardest hit by increases in social care charges because they need two home carers, for example to lift them out of a wheelchair into a bed.

The council's share of the council tax bill will be frozen at £1,037 for an average Band D property.

Setting out the £688m budget for 2012-13, council leader Ken Thornber said: “We have protected the young, the vulnerable and the elderly and we have maintained services that are among the best in the country.”

The council is faced with a shortfall in government funding of £77m between 2011-15.

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7:37pm Thu 23 Feb 12

jim_s1s says...

I should **** well think so after they've spent over 200k on a stupid TV system to broadcast and stream their meetings - as if anyone cares -
I could have done it just as well for about £2000.

We live in very challenging times...!
I should **** well think so after they've spent over 200k on a stupid TV system to broadcast and stream their meetings - as if anyone cares - I could have done it just as well for about £2000. We live in very challenging times...! jim_s1s

11:25pm Thu 23 Feb 12

loonaloop says...

Big deal !! Is there a local election due ? whatever the freeze is or has been for 3yrs will be stolen from us in other ways and then we will get hit with a massive increase next year. Politicians = Lying, Thieving Scum.
Big deal !! Is there a local election due ? whatever the freeze is or has been for 3yrs will be stolen from us in other ways and then we will get hit with a massive increase next year. Politicians = Lying, Thieving Scum. loonaloop

1:02am Fri 24 Feb 12

Torchie1 says...

loonaloop wrote:
Big deal !! Is there a local election due ? whatever the freeze is or has been for 3yrs will be stolen from us in other ways and then we will get hit with a massive increase next year. Politicians = Lying, Thieving Scum.
If there's a local election due, you could stand as a candidate and try to make the changes you believe are necessary.
[quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Big deal !! Is there a local election due ? whatever the freeze is or has been for 3yrs will be stolen from us in other ways and then we will get hit with a massive increase next year. Politicians = Lying, Thieving Scum.[/p][/quote]If there's a local election due, you could stand as a candidate and try to make the changes you believe are necessary. Torchie1

8:52am Fri 24 Feb 12

Ellwood says...

jim_s1s says...
7:37pm Thu 23 Feb 12
I should **** well think so after they've spent over 200k on a stupid TV system to broadcast and stream their meetings - as if anyone cares -

......... exactly Jim s1s. It was only a couple of weeks ago, on this very website, that I happened to state, that councils will always find new ways in-which to squander taxpayers money....... I didn't expect them to prove this quite so quickly.
jim_s1s says... 7:37pm Thu 23 Feb 12 I should **** well think so after they've spent over 200k on a stupid TV system to broadcast and stream their meetings - as if anyone cares - ......... exactly Jim s1s. It was only a couple of weeks ago, on this very website, that I happened to state, that councils will always find new ways in-which to squander taxpayers money....... I didn't expect them to prove this quite so quickly. Ellwood

10:00am Fri 24 Feb 12

eurogordi says...

"council leader Ken Thornber said: “We have protected the young".

No Mr Thornber, you haven't. All the money is directed to the young who are in care, disabled or young offenders.

What about the young from honest, law abiding and hard working families?

No one wants to be disabled, so perhaps that group can be excused.

But put your children in care or get them to offend and it seems like the system will bend over backwards to help.

THAT IS NOT FAIR on others who are genuinely struggling to survive on low incomes and cannot pay for their children to attend college, university etc., and have no help in finding apprenticeships because their situation is considered "normal".

I thought we were all meant to be in this together?
"council leader Ken Thornber said: “We have protected the young". No Mr Thornber, you haven't. All the money is directed to the young who are in care, disabled or young offenders. What about the young from honest, law abiding and hard working families? No one wants to be disabled, so perhaps that group can be excused. But put your children in care or get them to offend and it seems like the system will bend over backwards to help. THAT IS NOT FAIR on others who are genuinely struggling to survive on low incomes and cannot pay for their children to attend college, university etc., and have no help in finding apprenticeships because their situation is considered "normal". I thought we were all meant to be in this together? eurogordi

11:31am Fri 24 Feb 12

kezzalove says...

Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year .
Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words. kezzalove

11:42am Fri 24 Feb 12

Shoong says...

kezzalove wrote:
Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year .
Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
Vote Labour then & watch it triple.
[quote][p][bold]kezzalove[/bold] wrote: Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.[/p][/quote]Vote Labour then & watch it triple. Shoong

11:53am Fri 24 Feb 12

Torchie1 says...

kezzalove wrote:
Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year .
Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
As a householder would you prefer to pay the extra 'couple of quid' on rent or Council Tax?
[quote][p][bold]kezzalove[/bold] wrote: Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.[/p][/quote]As a householder would you prefer to pay the extra 'couple of quid' on rent or Council Tax? Torchie1

7:54pm Fri 24 Feb 12

kezzalove says...

Shoong wrote:
kezzalove wrote:
Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year .
Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
Vote Labour then & watch it triple.
Vote labour ok doesnt matter who u vote for they all get u one way or another sitting their having there posh meals and getting paid for sitting on their butts doing nothing but living the high life why we all do the hard work.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kezzalove[/bold] wrote: Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.[/p][/quote]Vote Labour then & watch it triple.[/p][/quote]Vote labour ok doesnt matter who u vote for they all get u one way or another sitting their having there posh meals and getting paid for sitting on their butts doing nothing but living the high life why we all do the hard work. kezzalove

4:02pm Mon 27 Feb 12

ottred says...

kezzalove wrote:
Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.
You should have bought your council property then while you had the chance.
[quote][p][bold]kezzalove[/bold] wrote: Council tax might be frozen but watch rent go up the extra couple quid wont go on council tax it will go on the rent like last year . Your think there doing u a favour but the dirty rats aint. There get their money one way or another u mark my words.[/p][/quote]You should have bought your council property then while you had the chance. ottred

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