Barnsley chiefs to decide town budget with £28m of cuts

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Barnsley Council chiefs are set to agree the town’s next budget – including £28 million of cuts and a 1.9 per cent rise in council tax for residents.

Proposals before the authority on Wednesday, February 11, include closing 10 of 20 children’s centres and reduction of early years services.

The council will review several of its contracts – such as those for providing wheelie bins – as well as its spending on agency staff, stationery and mobile phone usage.

Other proposals include stopping the provision of 30 intermediate care beds for people who have left hospital but are deemed not fit to go home, which would save £796,000.

The council tax for a Band D property is expected to rise by 1.9 per cent – or around £28 extra a year.

Council leader Coun Sir Stephen Houghton said:“The changes we’re making in Barnsley will be significant.

“We’ve looked at everything we do and considered how we can do it better, for less money.”

He added: “We’ve already saved £59 million over the past four years and these proposals set out how we can save a further £28 million between now and 2017 – while still improving services and protecting our most vulnerable people.”