Monmouthshire could charge for green waste to plug funding gap

South Wales Argus: Monmouthshire could charge for green waste to plug funding gap Monmouthshire could charge for green waste to plug funding gap

CHARGING for green waste collection, department mergers, and a review of staffing structures are some of the ways Monmouthshire council could plug a £4.3m funding gap it faces.

The council will reveal where the savings will come from when it presents its budget this afternoon.

Representatives from Chambers of trade and Commerce in the county have been invited to the town hall in Abergavenny to hear a presentation from Cllr Phil Murphy, cabinet member for finance and performance improvement.

A report says there is a £4.3m funding gap for 2013/14 rising to £16.5m in 2016/7.

The council has looked at areas of spending to see how they can make savings, with investing in fitness equipment in leisure centres mooted as making £100,000 in 2013/14 if custom does increase.

Highways, waste and street-scene are expected to merge into one, saving £120,000 over the same period, while a review of staffing structures is due to save £130,000.

Charging for green waste collection is another plan, saving £420,000.

The council has previously said its priority is the 21st century schools programme, costing an estimated £40m.

Reductions in the money available to maintain roads, property and county farms have already been before Cabinet in November.

Some of the other monetary pressures on the council include £2.5m for a major review of its waste management, £80m for roads, £18m to maintain schools and other buildings after surveys and £9m for adapting public buildings under disability discrimination legislation.

As a result, the council has pledged to make changes to the way it works to save money.

Monmouthshire is also working with five other local authorities across the UK to stimulate new thinking to redesign services.

The meeting takes place at 2pm.

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5:13pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

I se an auit enquiry is now going on into one of the WAG's recyling Quango's, REsignations , funding cuts, allegations of conflicts of interests. Currently this quango gets £300K a few from the WAG and most of the Welsh Councils also fund it. So watch this space

charity which promotes recycling in Wales is the subject of separate investigations from the Charity Commission and the Welsh Government.

The Charity Commission confirmed it is carrying out a probe into registered charity Cylch – the Wales Community Recycling Network
I se an auit enquiry is now going on into one of the WAG's recyling Quango's, REsignations , funding cuts, allegations of conflicts of interests. Currently this quango gets £300K a few from the WAG and most of the Welsh Councils also fund it. So watch this space charity which promotes recycling in Wales is the subject of separate investigations from the Charity Commission and the Welsh Government. The Charity Commission confirmed it is carrying out a probe into registered charity Cylch – the Wales Community Recycling Network Bobevans

7:47pm Wed 9 Jan 13

gadget says...

It might help if council staff actually did a full weeks work , flexi time , holidays , one of the kids are ill , doctors , dentists, council jobs are a joke,
It might help if council staff actually did a full weeks work , flexi time , holidays , one of the kids are ill , doctors , dentists, council jobs are a joke, gadget

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