Facing the £38m cuts together
Friday 19th September 2014 @ 09:15 by Mark Phillip
News

Residents and businesses are to be given a unique opportunity to ‘balance the books’ as Tameside Council faces a £38 million reduction in funding over the next two years.
People will be able to visit the council’s website and discover for themselves how the cuts will affect the provision of services and even make their own choices following the launch of a new interactive digital ‘Big Conversation’.

So, would you agree to increase recycling, so that less is spent on expensive landfill tax?

Or maybe you think Tameside should spend less on street cleaning?

Whatever it is, the council wants to hear from you and you can join in the conversation at www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc/current

Announcing the launch this week, Cllr Kieran Quinn, the Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “We know that services are important to our residents, and we want to make sure that despite our budget cuts we continue to make the borough a place where people are proud to live.

“We spend taxpayers’ money and that’s a responsibility we take very seriously. We think it’s important to help struggling residents without compromising on protecting the most vulnerable.

“As a council we are doing everything we can to reduce costs. However, we can’t face this challenge alone.

“We need to come together as a community to focus on making Tameside a place where everyone does their bit and shares the benefits.

“We want to hear your views on how we can balance the budget following cuts imposed on us by the Government.

“We want to know what you believe are the priority services, where we should spend the remaining money we have, and how we can work together to build a borough of which we can all be proud.”

Since 2010, the Government has reduced the money it provides for services in Tameside by £104 million.

By 2017, Tameside’s funding will have been cut in half and it faces a further reduction of £38 million over the next two years. Taken with the cuts already imposed, the people of Tameside have had £142 million in total slashed from their services. That’s more than £1,500 less per household to pay for local services.

More on the budgetary simulator in this weeks, Tameside Reporter (18th)