Have your say on budget cuts

First published in Bury FC

RESIDENTS across Bury are invited to attend a series of roadshows this month to find out how Bury Council plans to make additional budget savings of £8.7 million.

As well as presentations at the next round of township forum meetings, residents can attend one of four weekend or evening public meetings to learn about the council’s two-year Plan for Change programme.

The sessions will allow the public to provide comments and feedback as well as ask questions of both councillors and officers.

Cllr John Smith, cabinet member for corporate affairs, said: “The presentations at township forum meetings and the community roadshows are a great opportunity for members of the local community to come along and have their say on our savings proposals.”

Cllr Tony Isherwood, cabinet member for finance and resource, commented: “This is a really challenging time in local government. We now know we will need to save at least £26.5million by 2015 and this means we have to make some really tough decisions.

“A series of government funding changes has hit our budget, from business rates to council tax benefit, not to mention paying for another council tax freeze. This, and increasing demands for services, means we have to find a further £6.4 million in 2013/14 and £2.3 million in 2014/15”.

Meetings take place on the following dates: l Next Tuesday: Whitefield Township Forum, Elms Community Centre, at 1pm.

l Thursday, January 10: Radcliffe Township Forum, Radcliffe Civic Suite, at 6pm.

l Friday ,January 11: community roadshow, Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, at 6pm.

l Saturday, January 12: community roadshow, Ramsbottom Civic Hall, at 2pm.

l Sunday, January 13: community roadshow, Longfield Suite, Prestwich, at 11am.

l Thursday, January 17: Bury West Township Forum, Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bolton Road, at 7pm l Thursday, January 17: Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Township Forum, Christ Church, Walmersley, at 7pm l Sunday, January 20: community roadshow, Radcliffe Civic Suite, at 2pm.

l Monday, February 4: Prestwich Township Forum, Longfield Suite, at 6.30pm.

l Thursday, February 7: Bury East Township Forum, Freedom Church, at 7pm.

Consultation with Bury’s young people will take place via members of youth cabinet and a special event for business representatives will also take place in January. Business representatives are invited to email planforchange@bury.gov.uk to find out more about the event.

Find out more about the proposals at bury.gov.uk/plan forchange and take part in an online survey.

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3:19pm Thu 3 Jan 13

R'Marcus says...

It is obvious that cuts are needed. We have been living in debt for many years. Remember what the message has in the Old Testament when Joseph had a dream about the years of plenty followed by years of famine? We are not in a famine situation yet, but with everything rising (increasing) who knows? Time that we stopped living in a cloud cuckoo land.
It is obvious that cuts are needed. We have been living in debt for many years. Remember what the message has in the Old Testament when Joseph had a dream about the years of plenty followed by years of famine? We are not in a famine situation yet, but with everything rising (increasing) who knows? Time that we stopped living in a cloud cuckoo land. R'Marcus
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12:06am Sun 6 Jan 13

Greater Manchester Girl says...

Oh dear R'Marcus, it would be a terrible world if we lived our lives and got our morals from the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is a man made story book which asks for the death penalty for birth control, homosexuals,adultere
rs and people who work on the sabbath, approval of slavery and then beating of slaves, murder, rape, polygamy ( for men), ethnic cleansing, genocide, child abuse and child sacrifice.

Even cloud cuckoo land would be preferable to living one's life or listening to any messages from the Old Testament!
Oh dear R'Marcus, it would be a terrible world if we lived our lives and got our morals from the Old Testament. The Old Testament is a man made story book which asks for the death penalty for birth control, homosexuals,adultere rs and people who work on the sabbath, approval of slavery and then beating of slaves, murder, rape, polygamy ( for men), ethnic cleansing, genocide, child abuse and child sacrifice. Even cloud cuckoo land would be preferable to living one's life or listening to any messages from the Old Testament! Greater Manchester Girl
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