Great Yarmouth Borough Council cabinet give go ahead for major money-saving consultation

The Town Hall in Great Yarmouth.
May 2014.

Picture: James Bass The Town Hall in Great Yarmouth. May 2014. Picture: James Bass

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
7:54 PM

A major consultation into how cash-strapped Great Yarmouth Borough Council can save nearly £5m over the next five years will start later this month.

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Cabinet approved two documents at their Town Hall meeting tonight; a medium term financial strategy (MTFS) setting out how much needs to be saved and a transformation and efficiency programme report, laying the groundwork for where savings will come from.

The council has said it is currently in “an unsustainable financial position” and cannot carry on using cash from its general fund reserves to cover a growing deficit. Savings of £4.7m will be needed by 2018/19.

Both financial reports, which suggest tough times ahead, will go to full council on July 22 before a 12-week public consultation starts on July 28.

Asked if the money saving proposals being put forward by consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were too “draconian”, director of resources Seb Duncan said: “I think making sure that bottom line is achieved is important and how that is delivered is entirely for member to decide. I would agree there are a myriad ways of delivering the savings. The PwC briefings are just one of the options.”

Councillor Brian Walker added: “Over the next couple of years we’ve got to get stuck in and bring the figures back in line and I’m sure we can do it.”

During the consultation, residents will be invited to complete forms online and give feedback on specific proposals.

BMG Research, an independent market research agency, will then be brought into analyse the survey results before a savings programme is decided on.

Tonight’s meeting also saw members agree to reinstate the ward budgets and recommend Gordon Mitchell is employed as the new interim chief executive officer for a minimum of 12 months.

All cabinet recommendations will go before full council on July 22.

7 comments

  • Mercury. What has happened to snakeinthe grass'es posting ? Censorship at is best.

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    "V"

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • snakeinthegrass. I bet all the rubbish taken on were all relatives of the councillors ?. Nepotism rules in Gt Yarmouth Borough Council

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    "V"

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Stop wasting money replacing those stupid blue lights over Regent Road every year that nobody even looks at! Shortly after replacing them most of the bulbs blow or they fall down. The cost each year is something like £30,000 to replace them. Reduce the busines rates which are ridiculous for a small town like Yarmouth and that would incentivize more businesses to fill up all those empty shops!

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    David Ball

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Funny how my comment about selling off council houses has been censored. Perhaps it doesnt fit in with Archants and this rags editor's rose tinted view of this dump. What happened Edwards, did it frighten you ?. Worried about your cosy relationship with the council ? Must not say anything against the parasites who infest the town hall ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • if money is to be saved 1. dont give managers a pay rise more then 1% like the workers are getting after 5 years of no increase 2. look at trimming managers and assistant managers first both of these options will never happen the first to lose there jobs will be the sweeper cleaner or binman before a manager loses his job

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    hunterman

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I know of another way of saving money. Sell off all council houses and let whoever buys them sort out the kitchens. Save money on repairs, Win. Save money on replacing kitchens, bathrooms etc, Win. Save money on appeals and court cases when evicting, Win. Remove all illegal "council tennants parking only" signs, Win. And last but not least, stuff what the local council tenant associations say and vote for.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I know how they can save some money, maybe it's not thousands but certainly hundreds of pounds. The council should stop pulling up plants that flower every year and replacing them with others when they die off. That's a waste of money, put in annuals and they will re-grow every year, they don't need to be pulled up.

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    Spooky

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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