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The £900,000 over spend on the recycling budget, the money spent on Price Waterhouse Cooper and various consultants , would have more than covered the cost of continuing the Communities First programme with some left over.
As pointed out the numbers don’t add up, which are right? How can the public be certain that the actual budget produced is accurate? Time for Council to adopt a more open approach and for the detailed budget of each department to be made available online for , Councillors and public to scrutinise. Who knows what savings could be identified. There is no financial confidentiality , as it is the ratepayers who foot the bill in the end. The Council might find such openness enlightening.
As soon as the Council increased their prices and reduced the dwell time in their car parks several years ago, they were told by businesses that they had made a mistake, unfortunately they became stubborn and refused to rectify their error. Now the damage has been done , they have woken up to the problem.
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The Council never include possible savings that could be made on utilities, consumables, software, mobile phones , insurances etcetera. Can we be confident they have obtained the best deals available? With the additional £900,000 deficit in the recycling budget, which is being covered by savings from all departments , every bit of money saved becomes more important.
Peterthewatcher was spot on with his £900,000 deficit in the recycling budget. In relation to the proposed cuts this is another significant sum of money.
Part of the problem they now face is a result of poor spending decisions in previous years, as has been noted earlier in this thread. Schools in Wrexham are going to find it extremely difficult if the planned cuts go ahead, but the Arts Hub continues and will be taking money from the budget as they know it is going to be loss making.
Much of the problem here in Wrexham is not how much money the Council have received but how they have chosen to spend it.
Having the Art Gallery and Library together in one building made sense. The Library brought people into the building and increased the footfall of the Gallery. Maybe someone has thought relocating the Library to new Arts Hub might increase footfall . Putting the Tourist Information Office within the Arts Hub might have the same effect too.
In today’s Daily Post the Council Leader , Mark Pritchard , is reported as saying the Council will not pay for anymore consultants to tell them where to make cuts. Had the Council not wasted millions on an “anytown” template from Price Waterhouse Cooper, stopped producing the Connect magazine years earlier (£500,000 unnecessary spending), employed consultants to conclude Waterworld and Plas Madoc were only fit for demolition (£54,000 wasted),taken on an Arts Hub that is already known to be loss making , we might well have been in a much better financial position.
I had forgotten about the minor cut in Allownaces that was proposed by some Councillors but which failed to get approval. Was there actually a vote on the proposal ? Although unusual I would have thought a recorded vote would have been appropriate.
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