Residents get say as council faces cuts

First published in Gwent news

RESIDENTS across Caerphilly county borough will get the chance to help shape the way the council delivers services during the next few years, as it faces unprecedented budget cuts.

Like all other councils in Wales Caerphilly is under severe financial pressure as a result of a reduction in Welsh Government funding.

It has been working on a reduction in funding of 1.34 per cent for each of the next two financial years and a savings requirement of £13.4 million. But local government minister Lesley Griffiths has hinted recently that the position is likely to be much worse, and has asked councils to start planning for reductions of up to 4.5 per cent.

In the worst-case scenario in Caerphilly, this could result in a savings requirement of £30.1m over the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years.

During August and September residents will be asked their views about the future of discretionary services, those which the council chooses to deliver, but is not legally required to do so.

Statutory services will be subject to efficiency savings targets, but the focus of the consultation will be on discretionary services and residents will be asked to prioritise those they feel are most important to the community.

The consultation will run from August 1-September 30. A questionnaire will be available on the council’s website (www.caerphilly.gov.uk) and a printed version will also be available for distribution.

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8:35pm Sat 26 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Get rid of Caerphilly council they are a disgrace.

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031
Get rid of Caerphilly council they are a disgrace. https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 gingertom
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7:58am Sun 27 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

In the current financial climate Local councils cannot continue to be run as now. Most of the major functions of local councils should be moved to a regional basis. Things like Transport, Housing, Education. Social services should possibly be moved to the NHS

WE need far fewer councillors as well. The current three councillors per ward dates back to when councillors were not paid and meetings were held in the evening. Having three meant at least one was likely to be available for a meeting

Councillors are now very well paid for the few hours a week they typically put in so should be reduced to one per ward. Rules should be tightened up on attendances as well as most meetings are poorly attended by councillors. At present I think they only have to attend one meeting every six months to avoid getting thrown off the council. This should be changed to require 90% attendance
In the current financial climate Local councils cannot continue to be run as now. Most of the major functions of local councils should be moved to a regional basis. Things like Transport, Housing, Education. Social services should possibly be moved to the NHS WE need far fewer councillors as well. The current three councillors per ward dates back to when councillors were not paid and meetings were held in the evening. Having three meant at least one was likely to be available for a meeting Councillors are now very well paid for the few hours a week they typically put in so should be reduced to one per ward. Rules should be tightened up on attendances as well as most meetings are poorly attended by councillors. At present I think they only have to attend one meeting every six months to avoid getting thrown off the council. This should be changed to require 90% attendance Bobevans
  • Score: 6

9:32am Sun 27 Jul 14

kez1968 says...

Cut the number of councillors,cut the expenses of the remaining councillor's, reduce pay and perks to executives,who seem to pay themselves obscene amours of money, centralise services so cutting number of executives, this would be a start.
Cut the number of councillors,cut the expenses of the remaining councillor's, reduce pay and perks to executives,who seem to pay themselves obscene amours of money, centralise services so cutting number of executives, this would be a start. kez1968
  • Score: 6

9:01am Mon 28 Jul 14

mr david says...

When I was a young man the councillors did not get paid they did the job for the people of the area .they all get to much money now .also to many people walking around in the glass house with bits of paper .
When I was a young man the councillors did not get paid they did the job for the people of the area .they all get to much money now .also to many people walking around in the glass house with bits of paper . mr david
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

gingertom wrote:
Get rid of Caerphilly council they are a disgrace.

https://www.assembly

wales.org/epetition-

list-of-signatories.

htm?pet_id=1031
What would your alternative be? Scrap local government in Caerphilly and to have services directly run from Cardiff Bay or Westminster?
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Caerphilly council they are a disgrace. https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031[/p][/quote]What would your alternative be? Scrap local government in Caerphilly and to have services directly run from Cardiff Bay or Westminster? Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 1

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