Claims £2.5m 'black hole' could be created in city council finances

Worcester City Council's finances: black hole claims

Worcester City Council's finances: black hole claims

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

WARNINGS are being fired about a £2.5 million 'black hole' which could open up in the finances of Worcester City Council.

Councillor Richard Boorn, Labour's former finance chief, says too many giveaway deals by the new Conservative administration could place the Guildhall finances in a precarious position.

Since wrestling back power from Labour last month the city's Tories have announced a raft of swift changes, including:

- Hefty reductions in car parking charges across Worcester, including a return to a flat £1 fee after 7pm and 40p for half-an-hour at selected sites

- No cuts to street sweeping, cleaning and litter bin rounds, which were facing an £80,000 reduction by 2016

- The reversal of a £10,000 cut to playground maintenance, most of which goes on replacing old equipment once it reaches the end-of-life

Cllr Boon claims the moves, combined with a Tory aim of freezing council tax next year, will create a "£2.5 million deficit" by 2018.

His suggestion has been rubbished by the leadership, which insists the moves are popular ones and say they will produce balanced budgets regardless.

Cllr Boorn, speaking during a full council meeting, said "short term financial planning" would come back to haunt them.

"Please can you explain how this deficit will be addressed," he said.

"I am looking for an answer as to how you'll go about sorting out a £2.5 million deficit."

Councillor Chris Mitchell, the new cabinet member for finance, said the Conservatives have a "proven track record of managing the council's finances" going back over a decade.

He said Labour moves to whack up parking prices and council tax were "unpopular" moves they would not repeat.

"We won't be raising taxes or making cuts unnecessarily," he said.

"This is the model we intend to continue."

After the meeting Cllr Mitchell said he believed the gap was more like £1 million.

The new-look administration wants to return to previous proposals to see if any services can be handed to outside providers, known as commissioning.

Under current predictions, the council needs to save £4.1 million by 2019 to balance the books.

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11:18am Sat 12 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY?
Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you
-the -people-not- the-party-politician
s?
The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.
Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY? Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you -the -people-not- the-party-politician s? The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

1:21pm Sat 12 Jul 14

mrwrighty says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY?
Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you

-the -people-not- the-party-politician

s?
The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.
Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY? Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you -the -people-not- the-party-politician s? The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.[/p][/quote]Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay. mrwrighty
  • Score: 16

11:25pm Sat 12 Jul 14

,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[] says...

mrwrighty wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY?
Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you


-the -people-not- the-party-politician


s?
The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.
Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay.
Maybe trim the tree from the top and not the bottom. For a change
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY? Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you -the -people-not- the-party-politician s? The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.[/p][/quote]Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay.[/p][/quote]Maybe trim the tree from the top and not the bottom. For a change ,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[]
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Sat 12 Jul 14

,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[] says...

mrwrighty wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY?
Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you


-the -people-not- the-party-politician


s?
The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.
Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay.
Maybe trim the tree from the top and not the bottom. For a change
[quote][p][bold]mrwrighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Here we go again with YES we did NO we didn't statements from our councillors, so how about if we wait and see who was telling the truth between Chris Mitchell CONservative and Richard Boorn Labour as to whether our finances will go into a black Hole of £2.5 millions by 2018 and whoever is wrong comes back to this paper and says SORRY? Is that just too much to ask from our elected-to-serve-you -the -people-not- the-party-politician s? The changes that the CONservatives are announcing are just pandering to the people as being good councillors while they as a Party continue Slash-And-Burn policies over Council Staff, and vulnerable, disabled and Older Peoples services. NAST TORY'S ,YOU BET.[/p][/quote]Is it really necessary to keep using capitals for the first 3 letters of Conservative and not Labour, presumably because you cannot make a work from Labour. You may think the Conservatives con us, but so did/do the Labour party. I am not a supporter of either party but it seems that many people including yourself feel it necessary to keep using this format which I think fails to put forward your arguments without resorting to childish wordplay.[/p][/quote]Maybe trim the tree from the top and not the bottom. For a change ,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[]
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Sun 13 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Perhaps Mr Boorn ought to go back to the shop and swap those grapes for some that aren't quite so sour.
Perhaps Mr Boorn ought to go back to the shop and swap those grapes for some that aren't quite so sour. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 5

8:10pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

I am quite sure New Kid, that when the city Labour consortium came into power, the finances from the attention of Geraghty, Bayliss and the Posse were in quite a bad way, and the records will show that the CONservatives have for some years while in office seemed to take the easy way out over non-payments of council tax by simply writing them off. Whereas Richard Boorn was succesfull in addressing this issue in a business like way.
I had hoped the CONservatives with the support Of Labour absconders, Bayliss, (ecconomist, Clayton a Teacher, and George Cowley (who frequently tells us he has never been so well off under a Tory Government) ) would have brought a new dimension to our Council finances. But Hey Ho.
I am quite sure New Kid, that when the city Labour consortium came into power, the finances from the attention of Geraghty, Bayliss and the Posse were in quite a bad way, and the records will show that the CONservatives have for some years while in office seemed to take the easy way out over non-payments of council tax by simply writing them off. Whereas Richard Boorn was succesfull in addressing this issue in a business like way. I had hoped the CONservatives with the support Of Labour absconders, Bayliss, (ecconomist, Clayton a Teacher, and George Cowley (who frequently tells us he has never been so well off under a Tory Government) ) would have brought a new dimension to our Council finances. But Hey Ho. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

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