Isle of Wight council failed to making £1m of proposed savings

Scrutiny councillors have tonight (Tuesday) reviewed the savings that were, and were not, achieved, and whether the £1 million will be carried over next year.

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More than £1 million worth of proposed savings to Isle of Wight Council services have not been achieved.

The council had hoped to save the cash this financial year as it looked to slash £7.5 million from its budget.

Scrutiny councillors have tonight (Tuesday) reviewed the savings that were, and were not, achieved, and whether the £1 million will be carried over next year.

Where savings failed
Proposals that failed to save as much as predicted included remodelling residential disability homes. Only £158,921 was saved, against a target of £230,000.

Axing cross-Solent travel for cancer patients was due to save £30,000, but the council is still consulting on the plans.

Larger ‘savings’
Other proposed savings to road safety (£36,000) and the highways PFI contract (£425,000), plus the introduction of charges for waste collection and disposal from care homes (£32,200), were not achieved.

Additional income from Dinosaur Isle, predicted to net the council £20,000, also failed to materialise.

Questions for full council
Scrutiny members have drawn up questions on future budget proposals, due to go before the full council in February.

A three per cent council tax rise, increased parking charges in Newport and Ryde, and even shorter tip opening hours are some of the proposals put forward by the Conservative administration for the coming year.


This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some additions by OnTheWight. Ed

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Another Perspective

How much is being lost on the floating bridge fiasco?

CB500

Another year and another failure to save money on the pitiful roads PFI. How much did they pay good old Jay to come back and sort it again?

steephilljack

Incompetent: councillors and officers alike !

brockbadger

I am so sorry that Geoff is ‘irritated’ by the various stories that emerge highlighting the IW Council shortcomings – He is not nearly so irritated though as the thousands of Council Tax payers who have to suffer the incompetence of their elected Council Members who constantly make promises they cannot deliver.

Geoff Brodie
These half-baked stories from the BBC’s LDRS (aka Newsquest’s IW County Press) are getting to be very irritating. And I say that as someone who is no supporter of the Tory leadership. The report to Scrutiny Committee shows budget performance for 6 months of this financial year. In my experience it is pretty usual for the savings to be off target and for the end of year… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

And the ‘forecast’ shortfall at the end of September was £613k, not £1m…..

see https://www.iow.gov.uk/Meetings/committees/Scrutiny%20Committee/8-1-19/PAPER%20D%20-%20Savings%20Monitor%202018-19.pdf