Swansea outlines proposal to cut £26m from budget

10 FEB 2014

Swansea outlines proposal to cut £26m from budget

From: Insider Media Ltd., 10th Feb 2014
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/wales/108077-swansea-outlines-plan-cut-26m-budget

Swansea Council has outlined proposals to cut £26m from its budget in the coming financial year, which include raising council tax by 5 per cent and launching a community fund.The local authority unveiled its plan to cope with an expected shortfall of £12m in Welsh Government funding and £14m of extra spending pressures, following four months of public consultation.  Among the measures proposed, Swansea Council recommended raising council tax by 5 per cent. It also detailed plans to launch a £300,000 Community Transformation Fund to provide business planning assistance to groups seeking to set up community services

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

In addition, the budget proposed investing £1m in extra funding for roads and pavements, preventing the closure of any residential care home before April 2015, putting the closure of Pennard Library on hold, and reviewing all council fees and charges.

The council also set out its intention to reduce the number of potential redundancies by stopping the use of agency staff where possible and making greater use of fixed-term contracts.

Councillor Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance at Swansea Council, said: “The council is doing everything it can to protect jobs. In the past our focus has been on reducing management costs to protect the frontline and we will continue to do that.  “If we take action now to restructure the council to be smarter, leaner and more efficient it’ll mean our services will be more sustainable and we’ll be able to protect jobs in the long-term.”

Swansea Council’s budget proposals will now be considered by cabinet.

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Council and community could come together to save Pennard library

08 FEB 2014

Council and community could come together to save Pennard library

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

From: South Wales Evening Post; Saturday February 08, 2014
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Hopes-saving-library/story-20587807-detail/story.html

LIBRARY campaigners in Pennard are being told if next week’s council budget is approved by cabinet, they will have to work with Swansea Council to keep it going.  It had been earmarked for closure but cabinet next week will be asked to look at the way in which the community can help run it.  Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “There were strong views expressed by residents and during the budget consultation process we listened very carefully to what they had to say. That’s why we want to look at what can be achieved through the council and the community working together to ensure the library has a sustainable long-term future. ”We’re proposing the council continues to operate Pennard Library for now while we work with the community.”

The Save Pennard Library campaign takes to Facebook

09 DEC 2013
The “Save Pennard Library” campaign takes to Facebook

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

First created on 9 December 2013 (just after hearing the devastating news that the City & County of Swansea (our Local Authority) was proposing to close Pennard Library at the end of the financial year 2013/2014 (unless the Community came forward with a proposal for running the service themselves), the “Save Pennard Library” campaign started on Facebook was “For everyone who wants to save Pennard Library from closure as it stands now! We will NOT accept a downgrade to our current service.

Still going strong at https://www.facebook.com/savepennardlibrary the page currently has had (as at April 2014) some 653 ‘Likes’, and so the site, those who have posted messages, and everyone who has clicked the ‘Like’ button, are to be congratulated and thanked for getting (and keeping) the Pennard Library situation firmly in place.