Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014 on 8:17 pm

Government funding cuts to take toll on Wakefield services and jobs

Budgets Cuts

Wakefield Council plans to save around £61m over the next two years to save money after the Government has announced further funding cuts.

Plans on how the Council will save £23m during 2014 and 2015 have already been announced, but the major challenge is yet to come after it plans to save approximately £38m the year after, which happens to be the highest individual in-year saving to date.

As a result of the cuts, services will change, and residents are expected to see the quality of some services decline.

The proposed savings for 2015 up to 2016 will include £20m worth of cuts from adult care, £5m from services for children and young people, a reduction of CCTV coverage and increasing charges for bulky waste collections.

Although the proposed total of a £25m cut in the budget for adult care children’s services seem high, Wakefield Council believe spending in these areas makes up 60 per cent of the Council’s budget, deemed as ‘unavoidable’.

£383,000 will be saved by disbanding the sports development team and a further £550,000 will be saved by reducing customer service costs across the Council, as well as other proposed cuts.

Commenting, Councillor Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We’ve now reached the stage where it would be wrong to say that we can continue to protect front line services. We will do our best, but we can’t offer any guarantees.

“Next year will see us making significant savings, but mostly buying some time for the major cuts to follow in 2015/16 and beyond. I hate to say it, but there is no doubt that service quality will start to suffer. This is the reality we face.”

Consultations will be soon held with residents on the proposals planned for 2015 up to 2016.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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