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District council cuts in Gloucestershire

Forest of Dean District Council offices
The Disctrict Council has outlined plans to save 1.7m over the next two years

The Forest of Dean District Council has agreed on its proposals to save £2.3m over the next four years.

Of that sum, £1.7m needs to be saved over the next two years.

The proposals were decided on at a full council meeting on Thursday, 24 February.

  • Council tax to be frozen for the next four years
  • The budget assumes there will be no increase in councillors' allowances over the next four years and that all staff earning £21,000 or over will have their pay frozen until 2013 (subject to national pay negotiations and single status)
  • All staff earning £21,000 or over will have their pay frozen until 2013
  • So far £630,000 has been saved by reducing management and support costs, sharing services and changing the way the council works to deliver more efficient and effective services
  • £80,000 saved through shorter opening hours at the district council's offices
  • Reduce members' costs and expenses - stopping refreshments at meetings, removing unclaimed mileage allowances, stopping ICT allowances (subject to findings of members' ICT task group). Saving - £21,000
  • For one more year the council will support CCTV which will give other organisations opportunity to seriously consider ways to fund it in the future. The council is willing to work with towns to help them find individual solutions. Saving - £20,000
  • The Dean Heritage Centre grant will be phased out over the next four years, tapering it down by £6,000 a year to give the centre time to adjust

Future savings identified for later years of the savings plan and to be agreed by the new council:

  • Car park charging target to raise £350,000 - Forest of Dean Council remains one of only a handful of authorities that do not currently charge for off street parking
  • Leisure Services: Looking to make £190,000 savings through running costs and will look to find alternative operators to run the existing facilities
  • Reduction in the Management Structure - £200,000 saving. The total reduction in budget of £2m should allow the council to operate with a more streamline management team. This could probably only be achieved in year four of the plan

For more detail, please visit the Forest of Dean District Council website.

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