'Rural services are suffering due to Government cutbacks'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Councillor Brian Beale is worried about the future of rural services Councillor Brian Beale is worried about the future of rural services

Vital rural services are being “crippled” because of Government funding cuts, says one district councillor.

Councillor Brian Beale, who represents Southminster, branded the cutbacks to Maldon District Council’s budget as “a disgrace” at a full council meeting on Thursday.

The council will receive £2,898,000 from Government for the next financial year, £453,000 less than the last year.

It also aims to save £350,000 in the next 12 months.

Cllr Beale said at the meeting: “It is sad that the main financial challenge is that the council faces significant reduction in central government funding.

“At the moment, it is crippling our ability to finance vital services."

See this week's Standard - out today - for the full story.

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12:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

So what's the issue? It's a time of austerity -we are all broke and need to pull in on what we spend. Rural policies have no right to be exempt. Join the real world Councillor. We can save money - let's start by lawnmowing parks half as often!
So what's the issue? It's a time of austerity -we are all broke and need to pull in on what we spend. Rural policies have no right to be exempt. Join the real world Councillor. We can save money - let's start by lawnmowing parks half as often! Jack222

1:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Grumpy36 says...

Am sure the councillor could take a wage cut if he was that bothered or perhaps donate some of the fees and expenses he was given by developers for passing the new houses!!!!
Am sure the councillor could take a wage cut if he was that bothered or perhaps donate some of the fees and expenses he was given by developers for passing the new houses!!!! Grumpy36

9:14am Mon 3 Mar 14

Hawthorne says...

Grumpy36 wrote:
Am sure the councillor could take a wage cut if he was that bothered or perhaps donate some of the fees and expenses he was given by developers for passing the new houses!!!!
I think that's unfair. He's clearly saving money on personal grooming.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy36[/bold] wrote: Am sure the councillor could take a wage cut if he was that bothered or perhaps donate some of the fees and expenses he was given by developers for passing the new houses!!!![/p][/quote]I think that's unfair. He's clearly saving money on personal grooming. Hawthorne

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