Radical change programme for Newport council approved by cabinet
8:01am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
SENIOR councillors have agreed that a radical plan for the authority over the next four years time will serve as the basis for change programmes across Newport council.
The Prospectus for Change envisages there will be fewer staff, buildings and service areas in Newport by 2017 amid swinging cuts to council budgets.
The decision to formally adopt the document as the basis for change programmes across the organisation was made at Newport council's cabinet meeting on Monday morning.
The prospectus proposes that by 2017 some services could be outsourced while some could end if they are not self-financing.
It suggests leisure services could be run by a new trust and the museum and library could be based in Newport Centre, among other ideas.
Detailed proposals are expected to begin to emerge in the 2014/15 budget.
Five working groups, where all councillors were invited, have been held to discuss programmes for change in the council.
No substantive changes were proposed, according to a cabinet report.
At the cabinet meeting Cllr Bob Bright, Labour leader of Newport council called for the Tories to "put people before party" and reconsider their decision not to take part in the change programme work at the authority.
It had been called a cynical ploy by Cllr Matthew Evans, leader of the Tory group.
Cllr Bright said: "We would again ask them to reconsider. We are talking about huge savings and reconfiguring services."
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