Newcastle City Council cuts

Newcastle City Council is releasing details of how it will save one hundred million pounds over the next three years.

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Statement from Newcastle City Council about budget proposals

Newcastle City Council have released a statement about the agreement of budget proposals, including amending some previous proposals, to save the city council 100 million pounds.

To read more about the proposed council cuts, and the previous opposition that that have faced, click here.

The scale and unfair nature of the Government cuts that the council is facing is eye watering. That is why we have set out to be open and honest about what the Government’s austerity programme means in practice, and why we are looking three years ahead at the impact of the cuts we will have to implement.

“This has attracted a lot of comment - quite understandably - but I believe it is important to be frank about what the city faces so we can work together in good time to try to find alternatives.

– Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council

“I am proud of the spirited response from our communities which will enable some facilities and services to continue whilst we set about trying to minimise the 1,300 job losses in the council - but no one should be mistaken about the scale of the challenge public services face.

“Our proposals focus on protecting the most vulnerable such as older people with dementia and children at risk of violent or sexual abuse; set a balanced budget as we must do by law, and invest £450m through our capital programme to show investors that we are serious about making Newcastle a working city."

– Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council

“Getting people into work is one of the best ways we will deal with the challenges of the future.”

– Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Council agrees new budget plans

The cabinet of Newcastle City Council has today agreed proposals to make cuts and savings of one hundred million pounds.

Budget cuts, including the proposed closures of libraries across the city, have faced increasing opposition and protest from the public in recent months.

The council has since announced that it has modified its proposals, including:

  • Saving some libraries from closure
  • Safeguarding the future of the City Hall
  • Keeping Castle Dene and Cheviot View respite centres open
  • Continuing free parking in council multi-storey car parks after 5pm

The council has said that it has to make the 100 million pounds worth of savings to make up for a 48 million pound cut in Government grant and 52 million pounds of cost pressures the council must meet.

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Hundreds gather for cuts protest

Unions and protest groups came together for the demonstration Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Demonstrators have marched through Newcastle city centre to protest against what they say are the damaging effects of public spending cuts.

Local campaign groups joined trade unions for the event, which culminated with a rally at the Monument.

The protest comes just weeks before Newcastle city councillors vote on whether to approve cuts of £100 million pounds over three years.

Unions said the demonstration was also highlighting wider inequalities caused by the squeeze on spending.

Newcastle City Council announces plans for cuts

Newcastle City Council has outlined its latest budget plans.

It has to save £100 million pounds over the next three years, after having its own budget cut by the government.

A public consultation was held at the end of last year where people were asked to comment on initial plans.

After processing more than 50 thousand comments, today the council revealed its revised proposals.

They include; closing the city pool and relocating users to nearby facilities, keeping the care centres Cheviot View and Castledene open for at least 12 months, and retaining the City Hall.

Five libraries (including Dinnington and Denton Burn), however, remain under threat of closure unless community groups or organisations take them over.

The proposals will be discussed by the council cabinet at the end of the month, and the full council on March 6th.

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Full Report: Newcastle City Council cuts

Revised plans have been drawn up to save 100 million pounds from Newcastle City Council's budget.

Some threatened services could now be saved, including respite care centres, but the city pool is still expected to close.

The changes follow months of petitions, public meetings and consultation between the council and local people.

Watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

Newcastle City Council set to make budget announcement

The council is expected to make its announcement today Credit: ITV News

Newcastle City Council is expected to release details later today of how it will save one hundred million pounds over the next three years.

The Budget Report will list which services which will having funding cut in order to meet the funding gap.

The council had originally thought that it would have to make savings of ninety million pounds, but increased this by a further ten million pounds at the end of last year.

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