‘Worst cuts’ the council has seen

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Broxtowe Borough Council’s grant from national government is set to be slashed by £1.5m over the next two years.

The government funding will decrease by over 27 per cent and council leader Milan Radulovic said the cuts are ‘far worse than they have ever been’.

He said the deficit would hit some front line services, but the elderly and vulnerable and housing-related services would be protected.

Services more likely to be affected in the Broxtowe borough included things like leisure centres, arts and performances, sports development and public toilets, he said.

“I’m most disappointed at the severity of the cuts. They seem to be aimed at front line services and that’s wrong. People are paying for the banking crisis and that’s not right,” said Cllr Radulovic.

“For some people things like arts and sports are unimportant, but for others they are vital,” he said.

Cllr Radulovic said the council’s bank account was in good shape since it went self-financing three years ago and the council had prepared for the cuts for the last seven years by decreasing expenditure.

He said he was looking to increase income where possible, rather than cut services.

“We have land holdings with the Nottingham tram, we’re looking at increasing planning fees which will generate a lot of money when the HS2 train comes and we’re looking to sell some property assets.

“There’s lots of ways to tackle deficits and cuts,” he said.

The council leader said it had ‘never been more important to hear people’s views’, and is urging the public to take part in the consultation.

Visit the online budget simulator at youchoose.yougov.com/BroxtoweBC. Residents can decide how much or little frontline services should receive. Using an up and down slider, they can allocate the budget and see the consequences to the service and the community.

There is an opportunity to give feedback about where savings should be made and how income could be generated.

Cllr Radulovic said: “We are keen to hear from as many local people as possible.

“In these tough economic times, it has never been more important for them to have their say.”

You can also email finance@broxtowe.gov.uk with ‘budget comments’ in the subject or write to Budget Comments, Deputy Chief Executive, Council Offices, Foster Avenue Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AB.

The consultation closes on November 15.