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Gwynedd Council faces £50 million shortfall

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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GWYNEDD Council must find £50 million of savings in the next four years.

The authority said it had already saved £20 million in the last four years to “bridge the financial gap” caused by government funding cuts.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: “Despite the fact that Gwynedd Council’s firm focus on financial planning has been recognised on the national level by the Wales Audit Office, further even more draconian cuts in the funding the Council receives from central government to pay for local services mean that the authority faces an additional shortfall of around £50 million between now and 2017/18.”

The spokesman said the council had avoided service cuts by reducing the number of chief officers, improving procurement procedures and making public buildings more energy efficient.

The cabinet on April 1 will discuss a report on the authority’s financial situation, which will recommend up £21.8 million to be achieved by “finding more efficient ways of working and managing the demand for local services.”

Cllr Preredur Jenkins, Gwynedd Council’s resources cabinet member, said: “By planning for the long run, we have so far been able to hold off from making the more knee-jerk service cuts that many other councils are now having to deliver.

“The scale of the task ahead – bridging a £50 million funding gap - means that we must be realistic and recognise that efficiency savings alone will not be enough and that some service cuts and further Council Tax increases will also be necessary.”

Gwynedd Council already has projects in place to deliver an additional £6.5 million of savings between now and 2017/18. If the report is adopted, further potential savings which will be considered in detail by a scrutiny working group.

A finalised list of proposals will then be presented to the cabinet for a final decision, which is expected by early autumn.

 

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