Bradford Council is told it must save another £40 million

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford's City Hall Bradford's City Hall

Bradford has been hammered with a further £40 million of council cuts – while many authorities in the south will enjoy a rise.

The Council will lose 8.2 per cent of its ‘spending power’ between 2014 and 2016, or more than £1 in every £12 in its budget, ministers announced yesterday.

There will also be big cuts in Calderdale (£8.85m, 4.9 per cent), Kirklees (£19.3m, 5.4 per cent) and Leeds (£33.7m, 5.3 per cent) – but less severe than Bradford’s. Yet many councils in Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire will receive a boost over the two-year period, figures show.

The average loss across England is 4.7 per cent – less than the blow about to strike West Yorkshire’s councils.

Councillor David Green, leader of Labour-run Bradford Council, said the authority still faced a “dire” financial future, and yesterday’s announcement represented no change to what they had expected to receive.

He said its funding was being cut by £89 million over two years.

He said: “Clearly we are still working through the detail of the announcement but what’s clearly indicated is that there is really no change to the dire financial position that the Government has put Bradford Council and the people of the district in.”

He said next year the ‘spending power’ drop at Bradford Council of 4.2 per cent was the largest drop in West Yorkshire.

He said: “Compare that to some places, like Wokingham (in Berkshire), which are actually getting an increase in their spending power. It’s farcical.”

But Councillor Glen Miller, leader of the Council’s Conservative group, said the ‘spending power’ reduction of 8.2 per cent over two years did not fit with the “horror stories” being put out by the authority’s Labour leadership.

He said he still believed there were efficiencies to be made within Bradford Council, saying the subsidy of union officials in particular was a practice which should be axed.

Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire.

Town halls have again been urged to freeze council tax next year, although they are not fully reimbursed by Whitehall for the cost of doing so.

And ministers hinted they may lower the threshold at which any proposed rise triggers a local referendum. At present, it stands at two per cent.

The ‘spending power’ measure includes funds from Council Tax, locally retained business rates and the New Homes Bonus, plus Government grants.

The figures for 2015-16 are provisional, but are unlikely to change significantly.

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6:50am Thu 19 Dec 13

thatsnotmyname says...

"Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire"

Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?
"Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire" Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city? thatsnotmyname

6:59am Thu 19 Dec 13

allannicho says...

Big spending Liebour Councils getting "Spanked" a wee bit
Ha ha ha !
Big spending Liebour Councils getting "Spanked" a wee bit Ha ha ha ! allannicho

7:37am Thu 19 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

I wish we could read a non-biased view of how much money the council receives as a whole, rather than the 2 parties acting like children fighting over an ice cream.

The other day we read that the council was been given a £20m bonus for house building targets and they've been given a lot of additional money for road repairs for example.
I have no idea whether this is money that used to exist and what the comparison between now and then actually is. And I don't expect our politicians to bother telling us the truth either way.

All I know is that I never see any difference between council services 5-10 years ago and now.
I wish we could read a non-biased view of how much money the council receives as a whole, rather than the 2 parties acting like children fighting over an ice cream. The other day we read that the council was been given a £20m bonus for house building targets and they've been given a lot of additional money for road repairs for example. I have no idea whether this is money that used to exist and what the comparison between now and then actually is. And I don't expect our politicians to bother telling us the truth either way. All I know is that I never see any difference between council services 5-10 years ago and now. angry bradfordian

8:18am Thu 19 Dec 13

OLDLAD says...

On over 10 years never seen any improvements in services just council tax rises. The council should be funding basic services and cutting out the nice to have but dont really need things. All these different groups receiving funding when there is no need for it.
On over 10 years never seen any improvements in services just council tax rises. The council should be funding basic services and cutting out the nice to have but dont really need things. All these different groups receiving funding when there is no need for it. OLDLAD

8:56am Thu 19 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

They can start by reducing the councillors to 60. But that won't happen as No1 will always be ringfenced.
They can start by reducing the councillors to 60. But that won't happen as No1 will always be ringfenced. Thee Voice of Reason

10:22am Thu 19 Dec 13

Banni2 says...

The people of Bradford are sick to death of listening to the negative vibes from both the Government and especially the miserable council in this great City. It's time to be positive and stop this constant whinnying and let's move on!!
The people of Bradford are sick to death of listening to the negative vibes from both the Government and especially the miserable council in this great City. It's time to be positive and stop this constant whinnying and let's move on!! Banni2

11:17am Thu 19 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

thatsnotmyname wrote:
"Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire"

Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?
but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society?
no other country does this.
if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in.
this country is crazy!
[quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: "Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire" Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?[/p][/quote]but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society? no other country does this. if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in. this country is crazy! tinytoonster

11:24am Thu 19 Dec 13

dazbot says...

tinytoonster wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
"Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire"

Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?
but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society?
no other country does this.
if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in.
this country is crazy!
"No other country does this"

Obviously with your attitude you haven't stepped of this small island so how would you know?
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: "Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire" Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?[/p][/quote]but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society? no other country does this. if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in. this country is crazy![/p][/quote]"No other country does this" Obviously with your attitude you haven't stepped of this small island so how would you know? dazbot

12:03pm Thu 19 Dec 13

dellorri says...

Personally I'm pretty disgusted at the actions of ALL our councillors, all they seem to do is play the blame game, which party did what to whom, instead of, in these dire financial times, all working together, to give the best possible public service to us, the people who elected them. I think it's about time OUR councillors were told, enough party politics, do the job you were elected to do, look after your constituents interests in the best way you can. If that means Labour councillors agreeing with tories or liberals or vice-versa, in order to give the BEST POSSIBLE services, then so be it. JUST GET THE JOB DONE.
Personally I'm pretty disgusted at the actions of ALL our councillors, all they seem to do is play the blame game, which party did what to whom, instead of, in these dire financial times, all working together, to give the best possible public service to us, the people who elected them. I think it's about time OUR councillors were told, enough party politics, do the job you were elected to do, look after your constituents interests in the best way you can. If that means Labour councillors agreeing with tories or liberals or vice-versa, in order to give the BEST POSSIBLE services, then so be it. JUST GET THE JOB DONE. dellorri

2:10pm Thu 19 Dec 13

fedupwiththeBS says...

Might help if they stopped giving out dodgy loans or even tried to recoup the monies owed by OK Bulls.
Might help if they stopped giving out dodgy loans or even tried to recoup the monies owed by OK Bulls. fedupwiththeBS

4:30pm Thu 19 Dec 13

sorrow&anger says...

tinytoonster wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
"Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire"

Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?
but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society?
no other country does this.
if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in.
this country is crazy!
You've been reading the Daily Mail again. Plenty of countries run integration courses for recent immigrants, it's seen as a mark of a civilised society.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: "Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said that while there was a reduction in spending power, Bradford was still receiving more money per dwelling than Leeds and anywhere else in Yorkshire" Yes but doesn't this reflect the higher levels of social need and more expensive public services such as the educational needs of a highly multicultural city?[/p][/quote]but why should we be paying to integrate non british people into our society? no other country does this. if you want to emigrate its up to you to fit in. this country is crazy![/p][/quote]You've been reading the Daily Mail again. Plenty of countries run integration courses for recent immigrants, it's seen as a mark of a civilised society. sorrow&anger

4:36pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

Soon we won't have a council after the cuts!!! No one to pay the tax coz no one got a job!!!
Soon we won't have a council after the cuts!!! No one to pay the tax coz no one got a job!!! bd7 helper

8:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

lazybeat says...

allannicho wrote:
Big spending Liebour Councils getting "Spanked" a wee bit
Ha ha ha !
I couldn't agree more, good old labour spent and spent money we never had and now they're crying.
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: Big spending Liebour Councils getting "Spanked" a wee bit Ha ha ha ![/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more, good old labour spent and spent money we never had and now they're crying. lazybeat

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