Council cuts on way

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Council cuts on way thumbnailCouncillor Kieran Mulholland. CC07-89s

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council's decision to freeze district rates for a third consecutive year will require cuts of almost 2m.
Sinn Fein branded the unionist-backed proposal as "irresponsible" amid warnings over impacts on its staffing levels and front-line services.
The decision was taken by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on Thursday evening.
Ahead of the meeting, members were told staff were facing "major cost pressures" in the form of wage settlements, inflation and the rising costs of insurance and utilities.
It was calculated a four per cent hike would be required to maintain the council's current commitments whereas the freeze, demanded by the DUP and UUP, would leave officers looking for savings or additional income totalling 1.8m.
Chief Finance officer, David Wright said: "There will be impacts on staffing levels."
The shortfall would have been worse without a construction boom that has expanded the borough's rates base significantly, members heard.
Nevertheless, Sinn Fein Group leader Kieran Mulholland warned front-line services would suffer under the unionists' "irresponsible position."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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