York spotlight on council budget

IT’S one of the crunch nights in York’s year as the city’s councillors meet to thrash out their annual budget – and The Press will be keeping you posted every step of the way.

City of York Council will decide its budget tonight for the next two years, during which time it must save £20 million.

Proposals include raising council tax, increasing parking charges and leaving parks unlocked, with hundreds of jobs set to be axed.

The Press will be providing live rolling coverage of the budget meeting at from 6pm. You can also tweet us – @yorkpress, using the hashtag #cycbudget. 

• Communities Secretary Eric Pickles faces a revolt by town halls over council tax with more than 40 per cent set to shun his plans for a freeze, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) has shown.

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10:01am Thu 28 Feb 13

working class tory says...

Will we see democracy in action or totalitarianism? Let me guess.
Will we see democracy in action or totalitarianism? Let me guess. working class tory

10:06am Thu 28 Feb 13

ReginaldBiscuit says...

I think the councillors should help themselves good bong before they start. They can then budget for tonnes of assorted munchies, have some great ideas and wake up next morning without a hangover.
I think the councillors should help themselves good bong before they start. They can then budget for tonnes of assorted munchies, have some great ideas and wake up next morning without a hangover. ReginaldBiscuit

11:20am Thu 28 Feb 13

TheTruthHurts says...

Headed by someone who has no idea how to Budget, *facepalm*
Headed by someone who has no idea how to Budget, *facepalm* TheTruthHurts

11:30am Thu 28 Feb 13

yorkandproud says...

Is it me or am I living in a world where people use plain English. None of the above posts make any sense to me at all. Sorry.
Is it me or am I living in a world where people use plain English. None of the above posts make any sense to me at all. Sorry. yorkandproud

2:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13

akuma says...

While a council tax freeze might sound and actually be nice, if the reality is that when it finally unfreezes we are hit with a massive increase instead of a gradual one, I'd much rather pay a small increase this year and go down the gradual route.

Either way you'll end up paying the difference so its six of one, and half a dozen of the other.
While a council tax freeze might sound and actually be nice, if the reality is that when it finally unfreezes we are hit with a massive increase instead of a gradual one, I'd much rather pay a small increase this year and go down the gradual route. Either way you'll end up paying the difference so its six of one, and half a dozen of the other. akuma

4:01pm Thu 28 Feb 13

keepitshut says...

akuma wrote:
While a council tax freeze might sound and actually be nice, if the reality is that when it finally unfreezes we are hit with a massive increase instead of a gradual one, I'd much rather pay a small increase this year and go down the gradual route.

Either way you'll end up paying the difference so its six of one, and half a dozen of the other.
Spot on!
[quote][p][bold]akuma[/bold] wrote: While a council tax freeze might sound and actually be nice, if the reality is that when it finally unfreezes we are hit with a massive increase instead of a gradual one, I'd much rather pay a small increase this year and go down the gradual route. Either way you'll end up paying the difference so its six of one, and half a dozen of the other.[/p][/quote]Spot on! keepitshut

4:05pm Thu 28 Feb 13

yorkie0802 says...

If landlords who rent houses to students paid their fare share of council tax it would put more money the council's way
If landlords who rent houses to students paid their fare share of council tax it would put more money the council's way yorkie0802

6:35pm Thu 28 Feb 13

the andrew says...

BBC missed a trick on the national news tonight when they interviewed Alexander on the city walls overlooking
station rise, they should have swung the camera and Alex around to have the new council offices on view.
BBC missed a trick on the national news tonight when they interviewed Alexander on the city walls overlooking station rise, they should have swung the camera and Alex around to have the new council offices on view. the andrew

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