BREAKING NEWS: Council faces further cash cuts of £29m

The Council House, Doncaster.  (Picture: CHRIS BULL D3825CB)
The Council House, Doncaster. (Picture: CHRIS BULL D3825CB)

DONCASTER Council faces a £29 million cash black hole for the forthcoming financial year, it has been revealed this lunchtime.

The local authority’s cabinet has met today to discuss its financial planning for the next financial year in light of the latest government spending cuts.

The council has confirmed that it currently faces a funding gap of at least £29 million in 2013/14 and the balancing the books next year will be even harder because they are fewer options left following previous cuts.

Hundreds of council workers have already lost their jobs as the council faces having to make savings of £118 million between 2012 and 2017. Further cuts to jobs and services are likely to come under the spotlight.

Coun Paul Coddington, cabinet member for finance, said: “This is going to be very difficult going forward. Our goal posts have to constantly change and, like most councils, this is bound to have a knock on effect for our services and employees. We will do our utmost to protect those services that have the biggest impact for our most vulnerable residents.”

Council officers are planning now for the £29 million of savings in 2013/14 which will be discussed and evaluated over the coming weeks. This will form part of mayor Peter Davies’ budget proposals early next year.

Talks will be held before a final budget is set in the spring.