Bradford Council coffers now have £5.7m surplus

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City Hall City Hall

Bradford Council is now predicting it will have underspent by £5.7 million on its budget for the last financial year, leading to criticism from those opposed to the controversial closure of libraries and swimming pools.

The latest figures which show a forecast for the whole of the 2011/12 budget, include £4.5m of one-off amounts announced since the beginning of the year.

But if this figure is discounted it still leaves the Council with a vastly improved picture on the £0.8m overspend predicted in January.

Conservative group leader Councillor Glen Miller criticised the level of cuts to front line services, some of which he now believes could have been saved.

“It is clear that the front line services which were targeted, such as libraries, swimming pools and some increases in charges, could well have been averted. I am concerned at how the Council’s financial position has repeatedly changed dramatically away from projections throughout the year. But on the positive side, at least they have changed for the better. I am glad that Council officers have risen to the Secretary of State’s challenge and I hope that the Council uses its good fortune to ensure that the savings needed in the coming couple of years are achieved without damaging the front line services.”

Rhodesway and Manningham pools were closed last summer in an effort to save the Council £250,000 a year. And funding was also cut to the district’s five most under-used libraries, including Addingham, which has since gone on to re-open as a community library run by volunteers.

Chairman of the trustees Adrian Naylor, and independent councillor, said that any surplus should be used to help vulnerable groups in the district and organisations that help provide services for those groups, such as libraries and leisure centres.

Deep funding cuts announced last year led to £44m needing to be stripped from the Council’s operating budget. Individual departments were asked to cut £22.6m on top of a £21.4m efficiency drive, Changing Our Council.

After the first quarter an overspend of £9.4m was projected but this reduced to £7.5m as the half-year figures were released. Last quarter a massive £6.7m reduction in the forecast overspend left the authority with just £800,000 needed to balance the books. Now that figure has improved to the extent that an underspend of £5.7m is predicted.

The £4.5m of extra cash includes £2m through working with the Primary Care Trust to manage a number of health-related cost pressures, £1.5m of Government funding for investment in social care services, the £0.5m PCT contribution to continuing health care funding, and a £0.5m dividend for bulk purchases and economies-of-scale buys with other councils.

Councillor Ian Greenwood, leader of the Council, said he was pleased to see finance chiefs were forecasting a surplus after a lot of hard work all year.

He said: “That has been done on the back of some very strict financial decisions, including a freeze on vacancies and controls on expenditure.”

Asked whether they had cut too far, Coun Greenwood said: “There is at least £30 million of savings which will need to be made in the next two years. So we are ahead of our schedule but there is still a long way to go.

“It’s a good thing we are expecting this surplus but it will be hard work as we still have a lot more savings to find in accordance with the Government’s massive cuts to us.”

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10:55am Thu 29 Mar 12

Albion. says...

"Asked whether they had cut too far, Coun Greenwood said: “There is at least £30 million of savings which will need to be made in the next two years. So we are ahead of our schedule but there is still a long way to go."
Obviously it would be more sensible to look at the figures in two years then.
"Asked whether they had cut too far, Coun Greenwood said: “There is at least £30 million of savings which will need to be made in the next two years. So we are ahead of our schedule but there is still a long way to go." Obviously it would be more sensible to look at the figures in two years then. Albion.
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12:23pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Joedavid says...

Spare money yet they let the people of Bradford down by providing empty shops in city center and stand back whilst the Odeon rots.
Spare money yet they let the people of Bradford down by providing empty shops in city center and stand back whilst the Odeon rots. Joedavid
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12:34pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
Spare money yet they let the people of Bradford down by providing empty shops in city center and stand back whilst the Odeon rots.
If you actually read the article it says that the situation has another two years to run, so you won't actually know if there is any spare money until then, the council don't provide empty shops and the situation regarding the Odeon is currently going through legal proceedings due to insolvency.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Spare money yet they let the people of Bradford down by providing empty shops in city center and stand back whilst the Odeon rots.[/p][/quote]If you actually read the article it says that the situation has another two years to run, so you won't actually know if there is any spare money until then, the council don't provide empty shops and the situation regarding the Odeon is currently going through legal proceedings due to insolvency. Albion.
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12:52pm Thu 29 Mar 12

wooly 2708 says...

Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy.

For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid.

If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen.
Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy. For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid. If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions. Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen. wooly 2708
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12:55pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Albion. says...

wooly 2708 wrote:
Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy.

For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid.

If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen.
Do they even talk about it?
[quote][p][bold]wooly 2708[/bold] wrote: Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy. For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid. If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions. Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen.[/p][/quote]Do they even talk about it? Albion.
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1:41pm Thu 29 Mar 12

wooly 2708 says...

Albion. wrote:
wooly 2708 wrote:
Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy.

For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid.

If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen.
Do they even talk about it?
The Government has on and off (e.g. this rubbish they are the "greenest" government ever whilst they turn planning rules on their head and scrap environmental regulations), although it was the Labour Government who actually introduced things like the Feed-In Tariff whilst the Coalition government has been busy dismantling it.

The Council has made a few noises in that direction from time to time and have a strategy for increasing renewables and reducing carbon emissions in the district.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wooly 2708[/bold] wrote: Even if there is still a couple of years to go before a full picture emerges, at least some of this money could be invested in things that will help the Council save further money and help grow a local green economy. For instance, local authorities can now buy and put up micro-renewables such as PV solar arrays, wind turbines and hydro turbines. As well as saving money by their premises by drawing from the renewables first before the Grid, they can also get Feed-In Tariff payments and sell electricity generated but not used to the Grid. If they were to do this on a large scale they could invite local businesses and other organisations to join in so, for instance, solar panels were bought in bulk for cheaper prices, helping everybody to save money in the long-run and helping to reduce carbon emissions. Our future has to be a green, sustainable economy. Its about time the authorities stopped talking about it and did something to make it happen.[/p][/quote]Do they even talk about it?[/p][/quote]The Government has on and off (e.g. this rubbish they are the "greenest" government ever whilst they turn planning rules on their head and scrap environmental regulations), although it was the Labour Government who actually introduced things like the Feed-In Tariff whilst the Coalition government has been busy dismantling it. The Council has made a few noises in that direction from time to time and have a strategy for increasing renewables and reducing carbon emissions in the district. wooly 2708
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2:15pm Thu 29 Mar 12

birbir says...

Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!!
Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!! birbir
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2:29pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Laney1989 says...

Birbir - Why would the Council do that when they didn't do the same thing for Bradford City in there time of need?
Birbir - Why would the Council do that when they didn't do the same thing for Bradford City in there time of need? Laney1989
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2:29pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Albion. says...

birbir wrote:
Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!!
They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it?
[quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!![/p][/quote]They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it? Albion.
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4:25pm Thu 29 Mar 12

KnightMcCall says...

Albion. wrote:
birbir wrote: Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!!
They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it?
Because the City has very little left of note and the professional sport teams are (before this work) a potential source of civic pride and do generate revenue for the local economy when they are doing well.

If we lose either or both of our professinal sports teams then in all honesty the City will die.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!![/p][/quote]They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it?[/p][/quote]Because the City has very little left of note and the professional sport teams are (before this work) a potential source of civic pride and do generate revenue for the local economy when they are doing well. If we lose either or both of our professinal sports teams then in all honesty the City will die. KnightMcCall
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4:27pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Albion. says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Albion. wrote:
birbir wrote: Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!!
They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it?
Because the City has very little left of note and the professional sport teams are (before this work) a potential source of civic pride and do generate revenue for the local economy when they are doing well.

If we lose either or both of our professinal sports teams then in all honesty the City will die.
You mean it hasn't already?
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]birbir[/bold] wrote: Why don't they provide an interest free loan or 0.25% to save the Bradford Bulls? There is the answer. They would be saving the club, providing vital funds to the club. There would be no time period to pay back that can be sorted later. The council would then own the club until further external investment can be found. For once Bradford Council do something that the city and its people can be proud of, instead of be criticised all the time!!! Your chance has come to save the Bulls!!![/p][/quote]They have been very generous to the Northern/Bulls over a very long time, why keep chucking public money after it?[/p][/quote]Because the City has very little left of note and the professional sport teams are (before this work) a potential source of civic pride and do generate revenue for the local economy when they are doing well. If we lose either or both of our professinal sports teams then in all honesty the City will die.[/p][/quote]You mean it hasn't already? Albion.
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4:41pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.
I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others. Yorkshire Lass
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5:31pm Thu 29 Mar 12

yangyeight says...

Yorkshire Lass wrote:
I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.
exactly, they deserve better.
as for the bulls, stuff em.
hardly a public priority like a library which provides educational needs.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.[/p][/quote]exactly, they deserve better. as for the bulls, stuff em. hardly a public priority like a library which provides educational needs. yangyeight
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5:32pm Thu 29 Mar 12

mad matt says...

Yorkshire Lass wrote:
I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.
Well, the old people can't fight back can they - they're an easy target.
I don't think an all out strike by all the pensioners would scare the government.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.[/p][/quote]Well, the old people can't fight back can they - they're an easy target. I don't think an all out strike by all the pensioners would scare the government. mad matt
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6:00pm Thu 29 Mar 12

B-Unified says...

mad matt wrote:
Yorkshire Lass wrote: I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.
Well, the old people can't fight back can they - they're an easy target. I don't think an all out strike by all the pensioners would scare the government.
I disagree, if every 'retired' volunteer withdrew their time, energy and commitment it would bring many services to a halt!
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: I don't know who sorts out the Councils finances but I think they must be playing an estimate game with the budgets. First we are underspent by £5.7m, a vast amount of money in the present climate. The Library was originally going to cost £4m to update, then a revised figure of £2m was published, now £750,000 is being spoke of. The City Park was going to be £24.5m originally, now the figure is more likely to be £30m. The Council felt sure that the most vulnerable is our society, i.e. the pensioners and the disabled should be alright paying almost double for meals on wheels, this was introduced last year. Now a lot of the elderly people who are in semi sheltered accommodation do no longer have a care worker to check on them each week. They actually contributed to this service but as far as I can see no consultation was ever made with the residents. As the very same people try to do their best being as independent as possible, surely, if there is money to spare, let them have these services back to where they were as obviously someone has made a very inept calculation of the figures. It seems very strange that the older generation, who mostly worked all of their lives some from being 14 years of age, are the ones who are always being penalised at the expense of others.[/p][/quote]Well, the old people can't fight back can they - they're an easy target. I don't think an all out strike by all the pensioners would scare the government.[/p][/quote]I disagree, if every 'retired' volunteer withdrew their time, energy and commitment it would bring many services to a halt! B-Unified
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8:43pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Saltaire Bantam says...

Just goes to show commies can't add up.
Just goes to show commies can't add up. Saltaire Bantam
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8:51pm Thu 29 Mar 12

johnhem says...

unfortunately it would mainly affect charity shops and hospital visitors. a sponsored zimmer walk round the local roads might get them to take notice more than a go slow. oh oops yeah, i mean a go SLOWER.
unfortunately it would mainly affect charity shops and hospital visitors. a sponsored zimmer walk round the local roads might get them to take notice more than a go slow. oh oops yeah, i mean a go SLOWER. johnhem
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9:47pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Mr Capp says...

More cuts, less council tax!
More cuts, less council tax! Mr Capp
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11:04pm Thu 29 Mar 12

still got a pulse says...

This goes to show what an incompetent, irresponsible set of (expletive deleted) we have in charge of this city. Several issues have been highlighted by the previous posts, in particular the Bulls situation - why the hell should the tax payers bail out a private company that is in a situation caused by it's own miss management?
£30 million quid on a puddle - a central library we can't use - swimming baths closed - library's closed - services for the elderly cut/stopped - and don't even get me started on the fiasco regarding the Odeon: deception and downright lies from the council, they are NOT fit for purpose!
This goes to show what an incompetent, irresponsible set of (expletive deleted) we have in charge of this city. Several issues have been highlighted by the previous posts, in particular the Bulls situation - why the hell should the tax payers bail out a private company that is in a situation caused by it's own miss management? £30 million quid on a puddle - a central library we can't use - swimming baths closed - library's closed - services for the elderly cut/stopped - and don't even get me started on the fiasco regarding the Odeon: deception and downright lies from the council, they are NOT fit for purpose! still got a pulse
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