Pennard Ward Newsletter Spring 2014 (p1)

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2014-03-01 Pennard Ward Newsletter Spring 2014 (p1)

Page 1 of Councillor Lynda James’ Spring 2014 Newsletter, updating the Pennard Ward Community about the many projects happening in Pennard – including the Friends of Pennard Library (born out of the Pennard Library Working Group)

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Pennard Ward Newsletter Spring 2014 (p2)

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2014-03-01 Pennard Ward Newsletter Spring 2014 (p2)

Page 2 of Councillor Lynda James’ Spring 2014 Newsletter, updating the Pennard Ward Community about the many projects happening in Pennard – including the Friends of Pennard Library (born out of the Pennard Library Working Group)

Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

News : February 2014 :

Swansea Council Budget proposals unveiled

(q.v. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=57563)

………”The report to Cabinet states that next year the Council needs to make savings of around £26m because of a reduction of £12m in Welsh Government funding and more than £14m of extra spending pressures.

The savings programme includes tightly-controlling spending, continuing to drive down management and business costs, increasing income, doing things differently, working with others, providing more services online and encouraging people to help themselves.

The key elements of the report to Cabinet next week include:

• A new £300,000 Community Transformation Fund to provide business planning support to groups who want to set up their own community services.

The proposed closure of Pennard Library to be put on hold to allow for further discussions and a review of library services.”

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

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.