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District council cuts in Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Borough Council offices
The council offices are situated on the Promenade in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Borough Council has voted through measures it hopes will save the borough over £3m in the next two years.

A full council meeting was held on Friday, 11 February, when politicians voted on proposals to save £2.8 million over the next 12 months.

Plans centre around 93 different initiatives to save money which include the following:

  • Cutting cabinet members' allowances by 5%
  • Pay freeze for staff for the next two years
  • Internal restructuring to increase efficiencies, as part of the council's move to become a 'commissioning organisation'. This will see a senior management restructure which will save £213,000 per annum when completed
  • A freeze on parking charges and no increase in council tax in the coming year
  • A reduction in the number of staff - 32 jobs will be lost accounting for 5% of the council's workforce
  • Closing six public toilets but allowing the public access to their toilets as an alternative to using the current facilities
  • Charging for the collection of green waste
  • Flexible retirement and voluntary reduction in employee hours where possible
  • Cutting the grant to Cheltenham Festivals and the Everyman
  • Restructuring the council to focus on commissioning services in a way that protects quality as well as saving money
  • The funding for cutting grass verges will be reinstated for one year while negotiations proceed with the county council about the long term future of this service.

For more detail read the full report on the Cheltenham Borough Council website.

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