Monmouthshire council leader, Peter Fox, says ‘massive’ cuts are on the way

South Wales Argus: 'MASSIVE CUTS': Cllr Peter Fox 'MASSIVE CUTS': Cllr Peter Fox

FURTHER spending cuts are set to hammer Monmouthshire council’s public services, its leader told a meeting yesterday.

Councillor Peter Fox said he had met the Welsh Government’s minister for local government and government business, Lesley Griffiths, and was told to expect greater funding cuts beyond what the authority had originally been anticipating over the next few years.

He said: “What is really, really worrying for leaders is that we can expect absolutely massive cuts above what we’ve been expecting.

“It’s very clear things are going to get a whole lot worse – and it was a poor situation before.”

The council already had to make up a spending gap of £9 million in the 2014/15 budget.

At the meeting figures were presented which showed the authority had underspent in the last financial year by £877,000 – but Cllr Fox said this was a necessary buffer for the further cuts in the coming years.

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Phil Hobson, said authorities would be decimated by further savings and that the authority was looking to keep frontline services running as much as possible.

He said: “Monmouthshire will be the last one standing – because this is decimation.

“We’re paying debts off - that means more money for frontline services.”

Before the meeting, the leader of the opposition Labour group Cllr Dimitri Batrouni had attacked the underspend.

“It is scandalous the Tories have nearly £900,000 leftover after last year’s budget,” he said. “The Labour group called for no cuts to special educational and additional learning needs children, no charges for over 60s swimming, and no cuts to our schools. What we have seen are cuts to each and every one of them.”

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3:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts
The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts Sing up for the amber boys
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3:36pm Thu 5 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

The future under any Government is looking grim but we just have to get on and deal with Brown and Blairs failings.
With schools oversubsribed, NHS collapsing under the sheer numbers they have to deal with and local government closing many public amenities, it's time to close the doors, say no more and deal with the numbers we have.
The future under any Government is looking grim but we just have to get on and deal with Brown and Blairs failings. With schools oversubsribed, NHS collapsing under the sheer numbers they have to deal with and local government closing many public amenities, it's time to close the doors, say no more and deal with the numbers we have. landyman3030
  • Score: -3

3:54pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Aquarius says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts
Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days

It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts[/p][/quote]Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket. Aquarius
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

brainfreeze says...

Unfortunately all the cuts have been in the wrong place, they've bolstered senior management positions recently at the expense of frontline workers.

No wonder the council is failing.

Batrouni has it spot on
Unfortunately all the cuts have been in the wrong place, they've bolstered senior management positions recently at the expense of frontline workers. No wonder the council is failing. Batrouni has it spot on brainfreeze
  • Score: 3

10:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Aquarius wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts
Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days

It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.
Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy
[quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts[/p][/quote]Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: -1

10:53pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

p.s or pseudo middle class
p.s or pseudo middle class Sing up for the amber boys
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1:43pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Aquarius wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts
Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days

It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.
Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy
Someone else who seems to have forgotten the 140 tax hikes levied on working people by Brown and his theft from their pension funds. He did raise tax on the tiny number of people on over £150k per year ( if you call that 'rich') but only in the last year of a thirteen year stay. Party of the working class my backside.
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts[/p][/quote]Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy[/p][/quote]Someone else who seems to have forgotten the 140 tax hikes levied on working people by Brown and his theft from their pension funds. He did raise tax on the tiny number of people on over £150k per year ( if you call that 'rich') but only in the last year of a thirteen year stay. Party of the working class my backside. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Aquarius wrote:
Sing up for the amber boys wrote: The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts
Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.
Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy
Millionaires getting richer yes like Tony Blair 'new labour' but still 'labour' oh remember our good friend Gordon (lets spend our way out of debt) Brown brilliant lets vote labour standing up for the working person ...wake up those days are long gone..
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: The future under another Conservative government looks grim - cuts, cuts and more cuts[/p][/quote]Yes, and I suspect things would be no different under Labour sadly. They're just not admitting it too loudly. Anyone who thinks voting for Labour would mean an end to all this is just very deluded. No wonder people don't want to vote these days It's like choosing between which thief you want to pick your pocket.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but I disagree. Labour look after ordinary people whilst the Tories look after the toffs and the millionaires. I think back to all the rubbish that Cameron spouted around the time of the London Olympics and building a legacy to last blah, blah. The reality is that leisure centres have been closing down ever since and councils have been forced to sell playing fields and cut services amid austerity. Meanwhile the millionaires get richer and get tax breaks. If you're working class and vote Tory you're either uneducated, delusional or brainwashed by The Sun or The Mail. Yes, that's right - you're own worst enemy[/p][/quote]Millionaires getting richer yes like Tony Blair 'new labour' but still 'labour' oh remember our good friend Gordon (lets spend our way out of debt) Brown brilliant lets vote labour standing up for the working person ...wake up those days are long gone.. Limestonecowboy
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