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The Labour budget: Where savings are being made for 2014/15
Major savings in Labour’s 2014/15 budget include:
Adult care and community services
- Introduce a charge of £3 per week for a community alarm service, which will bring in £278,000 in the next year.
- Withdrawing from direct provision of older people’s social day care over the next three years, with the independent or voluntary sector, saving £287,000 in 2014/15 and £617,000 in 2015/16.
- Deleting unfilled posts from mental health assessment and support, saving £240,000.
- A saving of £1,043,000 in domiciliary care by working closer with the voluntary sector.
- Removal of council contributions to outdoor learning centres, saving £40,000 in 2014/15 and £32,000 in 2015/16.
- End council funding towards school uniforms for disadvantaged families, saving £465,000. The allowance will now be provided by the Bradford Schools Forum.
- Move early childhood services from four locations to two – £500,000 in savings in 2014/15 and £1,200,000 in 2015/16.
- Removal of discretionary transport to faith schools, saving £220,000 starting in 2014/15.
Regeneration and culture
- Ending the mobile library service and continuing to transfer library services into “co-located” venues. This will create £330, 000 of savings in 2014/15.
- The number of festivals receiving council funding will be reduced, with savings of £24,000 starting in 2015.
Environment and sport
- Reduction in numbers of ward officers, saving £100,000 and community wardens, saving £200,000.
- Reduce parks and woodlands staff in winter months and engage with community organisations to create “self help models” to maintain sports and club facilities – £75,000.
- Stop producing “Community Pride” magazine and reducing corporate printing and marketing costs – saving £375,000.
- Staffing changes will lead to savings of £7.865m in 2014/15 and £12.957m in 2015/16.
Saved from the originally proposed cuts
- Ilkley Manor House Museum, which will remain open for another 12 months until its running can be transitioned to community management.
- The Library Home Delivery service will be re-instated.
- Support from West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner will allow Police Community Support Officers to remain funded at their current levels for two years.
- Children’s Centres will remain open at their current levels for at least 12 months.
- The free city bus will remain running for a further year.