Greenwich Council reveals fresh budget cuts

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A FRESH round of budget cuts will be discussed by Greenwich councillors next week, including proposals to axe 12 posts form the newly-opened Woolwich Centre.

The proposals, being considered at a cabinet meeting next Wednesday, will cut £1.43m from the council budget over two years, building on £56m in savings which the administration has already made.

Following cuts in government funding, Greenwich Council estimates it needs to meet a budget gap of around £63m overall.

It is also planning a two-year freeze in Council Tax.

The proposals include:

- National rise in planning fees of 15 per cent with pre-application fees rising by 10 per cent. SAVING: £180,000

- Cutting 12 posts from back office staff at the Woolwich Centre. SAVING: £300,000

- Introducing trading licences for outdoor tables, chairs and forecourt trading for an as yet unspecified fee. SAVING: £20,000

- Charges to registered housing providers, including cost of Greenwich Time adverts. SAVING: £150,000

- Transport for London's increase in the Blue Badge administration charge from £2 to £10. SAVING: £21,000

- Using more town hall space for the registration of weddings. SAVING: £10,000

- Cut in trade union facilities, including 2.5 posts. SAVING: £78,000

- Contract with agency provider Manpower to be sole supplier in administration, industrial and professional roles. SAVING: £250,000

- One job to go at scrutiny support office. SAVING: £55,000

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9:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

nearly right all the time says...

How much is being spent on trades unions (which are no good to man or beast) if Greenwich can save £78000!

what is .5 of a post?

How much is wasted on the free
news paper ,which i dont want and didnt and ask for.

Any chance of any body pushing a broom arouhd the place,and doing what you paid for!
How much is being spent on trades unions (which are no good to man or beast) if Greenwich can save £78000! what is .5 of a post? How much is wasted on the free news paper ,which i dont want and didnt and ask for. Any chance of any body pushing a broom arouhd the place,and doing what you paid for! nearly right all the time
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1:35pm Thu 17 Jan 13

joertmclark says...

"- Introducing trading licences for outdoor tables, chairs and forecourt trading for an as yet unspecified fee. SAVING: £20,000"

I feel the point above will be damaging to communities. It is always good to see local cafes have outside areas. It attracts more people to go there.

How about Greenwich Council gets rid of their "corporate box" at the o2, so I hear they have.
The cost of these boxes is at least 10 tickets per each show that is shown.
Now that equates to a lot of money that could be saved.
"- Introducing trading licences for outdoor tables, chairs and forecourt trading for an as yet unspecified fee. SAVING: £20,000" I feel the point above will be damaging to communities. It is always good to see local cafes have outside areas. It attracts more people to go there. How about Greenwich Council gets rid of their "corporate box" at the o2, so I hear they have. The cost of these boxes is at least 10 tickets per each show that is shown. Now that equates to a lot of money that could be saved. joertmclark
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