Gordon Oliver the Conservative Elected Mayor for Torbay has unveiled £12 Million cuts to Torbay’s budget for the forth coming financial year 2016-17. With subsequent cuts of £10 Million for the following two years this totals £32 Million Cuts to the Councils budget.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Torbay Council Steve Darling said “Torbay does face difficult decisions but it does not have to be like this. The Mayor has developed a bunker mentality failing to engage with communities to see how they can help tackle to challenges faced by the Council. He is failing to make long term strategic decisions regarding the budget which is resulting in community services suffering death by a thousand cuts. “
He went on to say “We have now had time to consider these Tory/UKIP proposals. We fear for the safety of our communities as these cuts take effect. The Mayor and his conservative and UKIP colleagues need to start to come up with innovative ways to protect public services.”
Deputy Group Leader Cllr Chris Carter said “Details about the council’s draft budget (including its draft proposals) are available at www.torbay.gov.uk/budget2016-17.“
“A six week online consultation also is underway at www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation. Paper copies of the questionnaire are available in all Torbay Libraries, Connections and Harbour offices. The deadline for completed questionnaires is Friday 18 December 2015. Additional discussions will also be held with partner organisations directly affected by specific service change proposals. “
“Views gathered through this consultation will help to inform the final proposals and a formal decision will be made by the Council in February 2016, when it will also agree its budget for 2016/2017 and the Council Tax requirement.“
Contact Steve Darling 07443425503