Possible Budget Cuts Get Public Discussion on Monday

Examination of the proposed budget cuts

The Isle of Wight Council has, for a while, been telling us all that it’s going to be cutting back the amount of money it spends on services for the Island.

Possible Budget Cuts Get Public Discussion on MondayMonday will be the first time that the current administration has discussed this proposed budget presentation of budget options in public, at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at 6pm on Monday.

We’ve had a quick flick through it (PDF) and the cuts look pretty brutal.

New Chairman
It will also be the first outing for the committee’s new chairman, Jonathan Bacon, a new Independent councillor elected for the first time by the people of St Helens. Given he’s a barrister, this could lead to some interesting chairing.

Commenting on the proposed budget budget options he said, “There are a lot of serious issues to be considered. However, we must take care that cuts are not made for the sake of it which rebound on the council and community and cause greater expense in the long run.”

The IW Council leader, Cllr David Pugh, said, “There will be difficult decisions to be made as part of this year’s budget setting and the views of our overview and scrutiny committee will help the budget process.”

Unusual?
We’ve been digging back in our brains and can’t remember the last time the IWC press office made an official announcement a meeting to discuss budget options (if you know different, please let us know).

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Wednesday, 27th January, 2010 12:01pm

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muso-activator

A Barrister!? Brilliant news…. Hope he can reign some of the self servers in. heheh

Adam

A few interesting points – new chain ferry £3m, parking charges to increase (again!), Student Rider under threat of increase or withdrawal and something to do with kerbside collection (withdrawal of collection? recycling collections?).

Cllr Geoff Lumley (Labour)

Its not a budget proposal, but a presentation of options being considered ahead of the formal proposal. Interesting that my general press release last night drawing attention to the gross mis-management of the current budget has yet to get any coverage. It should do.

Sally Perry

Thanks for the clarification Geoff. Your press release is on our list of things to cover today, should be out on VB in the next hour.

Malcolm

It seems important to me to remember that the list is in itself a series of choices that have already been made. Many other options that some of us might prefer are not on the list e.g. cutting some of the £100,000 plus pay packages at County Hall.