Glasgow council set for finances showdown as SNP suggest cuts to plug £60m black gap

Glasgow’s SNP group will carry ahead its plan to plug a £60m gap within the council’s funds tomorrow as town faces one other yr of cuts.

Metropolis treasurer Ricky Bell is predicted to set out how his get together proposes to stability the books for 2023/24, however he’ll achieve this towards a backdrop of greater than £400m of cuts within the final decade.

He has stated the UK’s “inflation disaster has been devastating for public funds” and “councils are caught up in that”.

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Cuts to providers, job losses and elevated fees will likely be on the desk whereas Cllr Bell is ready to suggest how a lot council tax will rise.

Well being and social care providers additionally face a £40m shortfall, which will likely be addressed by the Glasgow Metropolis Integration Joint Board [IJB] when it meets on March 22.

Glasgow Labour received’t current another finances tomorrow, a transfer criticised by the SNP. As a substitute, Labour councillors are pledging to face as much as the Scottish Authorities, with requires extra funding.

The Conservatives additionally received’t put ahead finances proposals whereas town’s Inexperienced group stated it might proceed engaged on plans, however received’t assist any finances which might “slash statutory providers”.

If no get together proposes an modification, it’s understood the SNP finances may move with out the necessity for a vote.

Greens had referred to as on appearing finance secretary John Swinney MSP to attend an emergency summit in Glasgow right now [Wednesday] to focus on the challenges dealing with town.

Nonetheless, the quick discover announcement and information of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation meant cross-party attendance wasn’t secured.

Council officers have been requested to attract up financial savings choices of 10% for every division for councillors to contemplate.

Leaked choices in schooling included a discount within the variety of academics — which the Scottish Authorities has stated have to be maintained — and shutting main colleges earlier on Fridays.

Different proposals listed by officers have been elevated road parking fees out and in of town centre and in Pollok Park, lowering grass chopping, introducing a tariff on the council’s electrical car charging community and rolling out brown bin permits.

Lowered opening hours or providers at some Glasgow Life venues, together with Tramway and the Mitchell Library, have additionally been recommended.

Choices additionally included eradicating college crossing patrols at signalised crossings, closing Tollcross Kids’s Farm and promoting the Clydesdale horses which have been beforehand saved in Pollok Park.

The whole closure of Queen’s Park Glasshouse and elimination of kerbside glass collections are additionally amongst leaked proposals from officers.

Leaked paperwork present choices for the IJB embrace slashing £3.5m from a finances to purchase care dwelling beds for older folks, closing Hamilton Park Avenue kids’s residential dwelling and shutting Carlton Day Centre for folks with studying disabilities.

A assist service for kids “residing with a dad or mum with alcohol and drug issues” could possibly be decommissioned to avoid wasting £600,000 and £2m lower from the Glasgow Alliance to Finish Homelessness, which helps present emergency lodging to homeless folks.

Cllr George Redmond, the Labour group chief, has stated Glasgow’s finances has been “slashed year-on-year” by the Scottish Authorities.

“Our metropolis has had sufficient,” he stated. “I’ve had sufficient. Glasgow Labour has had sufficient.

“By not submitting a finances modification, we in Glasgow will likely be standing up and saying this merely can not go on. The those who we serve on this metropolis deserve so significantly better. They want funding and progress in our economic system.”

Cllr Jon Molyneux, Greens co-leader, has stated the council wants “extra income elevating powers — alongside the necessity for council tax to be scrapped and changed with a extra progressive native property tax”.

He stated his group has been “working onerous in an unimaginable state of affairs for months as we attempt to discover a answer” and the Scottish Authorities has left Glasgow in a “determined place”.

Whereas unions have stated councillors’ strategy “of meekly passing on cuts yr after yr has devastated council providers”. “We don’t want ‘managers of decline’, we want councillors that may arise and severely tackle the nationwide governments.”

Union members will protest outdoors town chambers forward of tomorrow’s assembly.


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