Yorkshire hit hard by public spending cuts

CIPFA chief Rob Whiteman

CIPFA chief Rob Whiteman

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YORKSHIRE and the Humber are facing some of the harshest cuts than other areas in England.

Regional figures released by a government department and a public administration body show that local authority spending in the area is suffering higher spending cuts than some regions.

Council spending in the region is forecasted to fall by 3.1 percent in 2014/15, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) - the fifth highest of ten English regions.

In Yorkshire, the last year's spending cuts have gone particularly deep in education - which has gone down by 9.2 percent - and housing, where funding has been cut by 11.2 percent.

And although the education cuts can in part be explained by schools becoming academies and leaving local authority control, the housing cut comes after a year of harsh 10.9 percent spending cuts in the region in 2013/14.

The CIPFA's chief executive Rob Whiteman said: "The continued sharp downward trajectory of local authority spending in both cash and real terms shows the significant financial challenge councils have faced over the past few years. Many authorities have managed this reduction well and continue to live within their means, but we are now starting to see some councils face real and immediate financial pressures."

“If we are to prevent the financial failure of vulnerable local authorities, we must recognise that some councils have been hit harder than others and will need more support."

There is a "real and pressing" need for major reforms in local government funding to make sure local authorities can thrive in coming years, he added.

But while Yorkshire has been hit hard in some funding areas, the region has seen funding for planning rocket with an expected 18.2 percent increase in spending on that area in the current financial year.

Across England, the total amount of cash spent by local authorities will have gone down by 14.5 percent between 2009/10 - the final year of the last Parliament - and 2014/15, meaning that buying power has fallen by nearly a third once inflation is taken into account.

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9:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

And Rob still finds something to smile about....obviously no pay cut their them. ??
And Rob still finds something to smile about....obviously no pay cut their them. ?? smudge2
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9:47am Tue 12 Aug 14

meme says...

Of course we have had cuts There was no money left by Labour.
However in York if we did not waste money on stupid, badly managed projects like Lendal Bridge closure, Hungate, the new HQ, arts barges, 20s plenty , huge staff salaries/pensions for executives etc we would have more money to go around and its time that councils like York decided what is a priority and what is a luxury!
I wonder how much it costs to run certain departments who seem to have no idea what is going on.......try to get a new postcode or a bin in central York and you will understand what I mean. 12 months later a bin turned up but its only emptied approx. once a month!! No idea why as its supposed in the centre to be weekly
Of course we have had cuts There was no money left by Labour. However in York if we did not waste money on stupid, badly managed projects like Lendal Bridge closure, Hungate, the new HQ, arts barges, 20s plenty , huge staff salaries/pensions for executives etc we would have more money to go around and its time that councils like York decided what is a priority and what is a luxury! I wonder how much it costs to run certain departments who seem to have no idea what is going on.......try to get a new postcode or a bin in central York and you will understand what I mean. 12 months later a bin turned up but its only emptied approx. once a month!! No idea why as its supposed in the centre to be weekly meme
  • Score: -27

10:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

Why are we having cuts?.This country is not short of money,look at the amount we are giving away to other countries and now there is talk of getting involved in Iraq.
Why are we having cuts?.This country is not short of money,look at the amount we are giving away to other countries and now there is talk of getting involved in Iraq. CHISSY1
  • Score: -10

10:34am Tue 12 Aug 14

the-e-man says...

The cuts will only reduce our budgets down to the levels they were at before we had the last Labour Government who quite simply spent money we did not have. The problem as I see it is that the cuts seem to affect the people at the bottom of the ladder whilst those at the top appear unaffected
The cuts will only reduce our budgets down to the levels they were at before we had the last Labour Government who quite simply spent money we did not have. The problem as I see it is that the cuts seem to affect the people at the bottom of the ladder whilst those at the top appear unaffected the-e-man
  • Score: 8

10:40am Tue 12 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving.
It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving. Fat Harry
  • Score: 10

11:39am Tue 12 Aug 14

York2000 says...

George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in.

Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader.

The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.
George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in. Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader. The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show. York2000
  • Score: 18

11:44am Tue 12 Aug 14

meme says...

How on earth has Osborne caused a car crash in finances ...please explain?
If labour had continued buying votes we would not just be bust but completely bankrupt like Spain, Ireland, Greece and probably France.
Its not good but at least we are recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world ...How can that be wrong?
How on earth has Osborne caused a car crash in finances ...please explain? If labour had continued buying votes we would not just be bust but completely bankrupt like Spain, Ireland, Greece and probably France. Its not good but at least we are recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world ...How can that be wrong? meme
  • Score: -3

1:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

gjh says...

meme wrote:
How on earth has Osborne caused a car crash in finances ...please explain?
If labour had continued buying votes we would not just be bust but completely bankrupt like Spain, Ireland, Greece and probably France.
Its not good but at least we are recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world ...How can that be wrong?
As has been pointed out, this government is borrowing and spending more than Labour did. The country is not bankrupt....not yet anyway. Who says the country is recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world? Do not believe the propaganda that the government publishes. Is your economic situation recovering? Mine is not. The poorest in society have been hit hardest by cuts whilst the wealthiest have got wealthier. That will be the shameful legacy of this government.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: How on earth has Osborne caused a car crash in finances ...please explain? If labour had continued buying votes we would not just be bust but completely bankrupt like Spain, Ireland, Greece and probably France. Its not good but at least we are recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world ...How can that be wrong?[/p][/quote]As has been pointed out, this government is borrowing and spending more than Labour did. The country is not bankrupt....not yet anyway. Who says the country is recovering more quickly than virtually anywhere else in the world? Do not believe the propaganda that the government publishes. Is your economic situation recovering? Mine is not. The poorest in society have been hit hardest by cuts whilst the wealthiest have got wealthier. That will be the shameful legacy of this government. gjh
  • Score: 9

3:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

Think a bill should be sent too semelyn/ landlord.
£500.000.00 .please...thats what YOU owe this city...was walkin in west bank park yesterday..god the place is a tip..it deff needs tidying up ..then noticed the useless 20mph signs all over the place....
Think a bill should be sent too semelyn/ landlord. £500.000.00 .please...thats what YOU owe this city...was walkin in west bank park yesterday..god the place is a tip..it deff needs tidying up ..then noticed the useless 20mph signs all over the place.... piaggio1
  • Score: -4

4:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

meme says...

I think much of the "propaganda" you refer to is not written by the Government but people like the IMF/ECB who are independent and are not interested in doing the UK government any favours.
I accept we are not all feeling better off but we will and a **** site faster than they will in most of Europe/. If we had continued the way we were going we would be up to our necks and more in the mire.
I know its not pleasant what they have done but we needed to have it happen or we were well and truly stuffed.
I am no real supporter of any colour of Government and I wish austerity was not needed but it was and it was down to the mess created partly by labour and what worries me is our Council are a mini version of Gordon Browns last Government who have not learnt to spend only what they have and no more
I think much of the "propaganda" you refer to is not written by the Government but people like the IMF/ECB who are independent and are not interested in doing the UK government any favours. I accept we are not all feeling better off but we will and a **** site faster than they will in most of Europe/. If we had continued the way we were going we would be up to our necks and more in the mire. I know its not pleasant what they have done but we needed to have it happen or we were well and truly stuffed. I am no real supporter of any colour of Government and I wish austerity was not needed but it was and it was down to the mess created partly by labour and what worries me is our Council are a mini version of Gordon Browns last Government who have not learnt to spend only what they have and no more meme
  • Score: -2

4:43pm Tue 12 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Fat Harry wrote:
It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving.
Can you provide evidence of that statement - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did - or if you can point me in the right direction as to where and when those figures were published I'll read it myself.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving.[/p][/quote]Can you provide evidence of that statement - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did - or if you can point me in the right direction as to where and when those figures were published I'll read it myself. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -6

4:46pm Tue 12 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

York2000 wrote:
George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in.

Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader.

The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.
So we are all doomed then, better get stocked up for the food shortages that are bound to follow!
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in. Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader. The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.[/p][/quote]So we are all doomed then, better get stocked up for the food shortages that are bound to follow! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -5

4:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

meme wrote:
I think much of the "propaganda" you refer to is not written by the Government but people like the IMF/ECB who are independent and are not interested in doing the UK government any favours.
I accept we are not all feeling better off but we will and a **** site faster than they will in most of Europe/. If we had continued the way we were going we would be up to our necks and more in the mire.
I know its not pleasant what they have done but we needed to have it happen or we were well and truly stuffed.
I am no real supporter of any colour of Government and I wish austerity was not needed but it was and it was down to the mess created partly by labour and what worries me is our Council are a mini version of Gordon Browns last Government who have not learnt to spend only what they have and no more
That's not going to go down too well with the looney lefties you know, it's a pity we can't have an open debate with these council wallers, so that we the Hoi Polloi can ask questions directly.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: I think much of the "propaganda" you refer to is not written by the Government but people like the IMF/ECB who are independent and are not interested in doing the UK government any favours. I accept we are not all feeling better off but we will and a **** site faster than they will in most of Europe/. If we had continued the way we were going we would be up to our necks and more in the mire. I know its not pleasant what they have done but we needed to have it happen or we were well and truly stuffed. I am no real supporter of any colour of Government and I wish austerity was not needed but it was and it was down to the mess created partly by labour and what worries me is our Council are a mini version of Gordon Browns last Government who have not learnt to spend only what they have and no more[/p][/quote]That's not going to go down too well with the looney lefties you know, it's a pity we can't have an open debate with these council wallers, so that we the Hoi Polloi can ask questions directly. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -4

4:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

I cannot for the life of me understand why some people blame Tories others blame Labour.They are all the same,tell lies,make promises to get voted in.They are all tarred with the same brush.
I cannot for the life of me understand why some people blame Tories others blame Labour.They are all the same,tell lies,make promises to get voted in.They are all tarred with the same brush. CHISSY1
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Caecilius says...

notpedallingpaul wrote:
Fat Harry wrote:
It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving.
Can you provide evidence of that statement - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did - or if you can point me in the right direction as to where and when those figures were published I'll read it myself.
http://www.huffingto
npost.co.uk/2013/11/
21/uk-borrowing-_n_4
316084.html

http://www.newstates
man.com/blogs/the-st
aggers/2011/11/borro
w-19bn-labour-osborn
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http://www.neweconom
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[quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: It's a bit too late to be blaming Labour - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did; it's simply that they're making sure it's those at the bottom doing all the paying and none of the receiving.[/p][/quote]Can you provide evidence of that statement - the Tories are borrowing and spending far more than Brown ever did - or if you can point me in the right direction as to where and when those figures were published I'll read it myself.[/p][/quote]http://www.huffingto npost.co.uk/2013/11/ 21/uk-borrowing-_n_4 316084.html http://www.newstates man.com/blogs/the-st aggers/2011/11/borro w-19bn-labour-osborn e http://www.neweconom ics.org/blog/entry/m ythbusters-excessive -government-borrowin g-got-us-into-this-m ess Caecilius
  • Score: 5

6:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

meme wrote:
Of course we have had cuts There was no money left by Labour.
However in York if we did not waste money on stupid, badly managed projects like Lendal Bridge closure, Hungate, the new HQ, arts barges, 20s plenty , huge staff salaries/pensions for executives etc we would have more money to go around and its time that councils like York decided what is a priority and what is a luxury!
I wonder how much it costs to run certain departments who seem to have no idea what is going on.......try to get a new postcode or a bin in central York and you will understand what I mean. 12 months later a bin turned up but its only emptied approx. once a month!! No idea why as its supposed in the centre to be weekly
Most sensible post of the day.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Of course we have had cuts There was no money left by Labour. However in York if we did not waste money on stupid, badly managed projects like Lendal Bridge closure, Hungate, the new HQ, arts barges, 20s plenty , huge staff salaries/pensions for executives etc we would have more money to go around and its time that councils like York decided what is a priority and what is a luxury! I wonder how much it costs to run certain departments who seem to have no idea what is going on.......try to get a new postcode or a bin in central York and you will understand what I mean. 12 months later a bin turned up but its only emptied approx. once a month!! No idea why as its supposed in the centre to be weekly[/p][/quote]Most sensible post of the day. Jack Ham
  • Score: -5

9:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

smudge2 wrote:
And Rob still finds something to smile about....obviously no pay cut their them. ??
Have you thought it may be a stock picture pulled from file by the Press? Have you thought, probably not, can you
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: And Rob still finds something to smile about....obviously no pay cut their them. ??[/p][/quote]Have you thought it may be a stock picture pulled from file by the Press? Have you thought, probably not, can you Omega Point
  • Score: 5

3:43am Wed 13 Aug 14

York1900 says...

York2000 wrote:
George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in.

Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader.

The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.
The real power in any council is with the day to day running CEO and the management team it will not make any difference which party is in control of the council

Councillors pass motions on information given to them CEO and the management team and it is the day to day running CEO and the management team that should check that what the councillors want to do is legal
We have to trust councillors are doing things with in the law councillors have to trust the day to day running CEO and the management team are giving them good information
When you look at the Job Descriptions for the Chief Executive and directors of the City of York Council it seems that they are failing to do there jobs

http://www.york.gov.
uk/downloads/file/51
83/chief_executive_o
f_the_city_of_york_c
ouncil
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in. Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader. The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.[/p][/quote]The real power in any council is with the day to day running CEO and the management team it will not make any difference which party is in control of the council Councillors pass motions on information given to them CEO and the management team and it is the day to day running CEO and the management team that should check that what the councillors want to do is legal We have to trust councillors are doing things with in the law councillors have to trust the day to day running CEO and the management team are giving them good information When you look at the Job Descriptions for the Chief Executive and directors of the City of York Council it seems that they are failing to do there jobs http://www.york.gov. uk/downloads/file/51 83/chief_executive_o f_the_city_of_york_c ouncil York1900
  • Score: -3

4:19am Wed 13 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

York2000 wrote:
George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in.

Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader.

The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.
Exactly... Yes, currently York is run by the most incompetant council we've had for several decades, whilst at the same time the country is being run by the most incompetant government in a generation - but the problems that have been created do not just suddenly go away with the transient nature of democratic elections...

For there to be more money to local councils, there'd need to be more money in government; and for more money to be in government would require politicians there to understand they are supposed to be serving the country and not themselves, so would then give up having their housing costs (for their 2 or more houses) paid for by the taxpayer; in addition it would require people who waste £millions in government funds (such as Iain Duncan Smith) to be charged with gross misconduct and forced to pay back at least some of the money they wasted; then we'd also need certain things to be taken back "in-house" instead of outsourcing to private companies who charge double the amount for half the result; it'd also require the phrase "Charity Begins at Home" to be put into practice so that money currently going to help fund India's space programme instead goes towards providing council houses to ease the several-year-long waiting list; and of course it'd require people to stop 'looking the other way' when big corporations avoid paying correct levels of tax, in addition to international cooperation so that tax dodgers cannot escape their dues just by moving to another country where taxes are (or 'were') lower...

Does anybody think that will ever happen?
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: George Osborne's car crash of public finances makes New Labour look like they were efficient. The papers are not being honest enough with people about how much of a mess it still in. Moaning about the Labour coucil masks the bigger problem. If they are out in 2015, it's really not going to change. You'll just have a different council leader. The whole system is broken, regardless of which party is running the show.[/p][/quote]Exactly... Yes, currently York is run by the most incompetant council we've had for several decades, whilst at the same time the country is being run by the most incompetant government in a generation - but the problems that have been created do not just suddenly go away with the transient nature of democratic elections... For there to be more money to local councils, there'd need to be more money in government; and for more money to be in government would require politicians there to understand they are supposed to be serving the country and not themselves, so would then give up having their housing costs (for their 2 or more houses) paid for by the taxpayer; in addition it would require people who waste £millions in government funds (such as Iain Duncan Smith) to be charged with gross misconduct and forced to pay back at least some of the money they wasted; then we'd also need certain things to be taken back "in-house" instead of outsourcing to private companies who charge double the amount for half the result; it'd also require the phrase "Charity Begins at Home" to be put into practice so that money currently going to help fund India's space programme instead goes towards providing council houses to ease the several-year-long waiting list; and of course it'd require people to stop 'looking the other way' when big corporations avoid paying correct levels of tax, in addition to international cooperation so that tax dodgers cannot escape their dues just by moving to another country where taxes are (or 'were') lower... Does anybody think that will ever happen? Magicman!
  • Score: -4

6:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

But despite all the cuts who has noticed any difference ? Even despite a staggeringly incompetent council filled with schoolboys dreaming of higher office, who seem to be finding the money from somewhere to fund one political magnum opus after another, their is little difference to the ordinary citizen. Of course Labour in York (who are not really York people at all ) think its ok to stuff the vulnerable when it comes to deifying their own vanity projects.
But despite all the cuts who has noticed any difference ? Even despite a staggeringly incompetent council filled with schoolboys dreaming of higher office, who seem to be finding the money from somewhere to fund one political magnum opus after another, their is little difference to the ordinary citizen. Of course Labour in York (who are not really York people at all ) think its ok to stuff the vulnerable when it comes to deifying their own vanity projects. nearlyman
  • Score: -7

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