Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The budget is set against ConDem cuts which amount to 14.3% of the council budget


LABOUR CHALLENGE OPPOSITION TO BACK ‘A BUDGET FOR THE FUTURE’

Policy Board (10 Feb 2015) will see budget face latest hurdle as Grant Davey outlines new investment

 

Labour’s 2015-17 budget which includes £375m worth of capital investments across Northumberland faces fresh scrutiny at the county council policy board on 10 Feb 2015.

The budget is set against ConDem cuts which amount to 14.3% of the council budget and will include investment in new schools for Ponteland, new leisure centre’s in Morpeth and Ponteland which will be modelled on the Ashington leisure centre, a 25% increase in the affordable homes pledge, a new bus station in Hexham, investment in Hexham hospital, the new Berwick infirmary and the new Accident Emergency centre in Cramlington and £35m investment in re-opening the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne line.

The Policy Board will also be discussing the results of an independent study of the council which highlighted concerns about how opposition councillors were misrepresenting council policy often for party political gain. Labour have pointed to the Tory campaign to overplay the cost of the proposal to relocate the council HQ to a new build facility in Ashington. They say the Tories are deliberately trying to inflate the cost of the building by adding in 25 year costs such as energy and relocation costs.

Labour leader Grant Davey said

“This is an opportunity for local Conservatives to turn the page and this budget is as good a place as any to start. So far they’ve not put forward any concrete proposals only attempted to make political capital. Up to now we’ve calculated that their often contradictory positions on the living wage, 0% council tax, new council HQ and the devolution of services to market towns will cost over £10m extra to deliver against the ConDem cuts of £44m we’ve already got to implement so the onus is on them to explain how they would deliver an alternative to our budget. They’ve told us what they are against but not what they’re for. For example, would they cut the funding for the landslip at Rothbury, new leisure centres for Morpeth and Ponteland, new schools, the Ashington-Blyth-Tyne line, the new affordable homes or the NHS investment? These are key challenges to face. It’s time to back this council budget not play party politics with our financial wellbeing”. 

 
Notes for Editors  

OUR PLAN TO GROW NORTHUMBERLAND – THE BUDGET 2015-17

Local Transport Plan

Local Services Technical Services

Local Pinch Point Fund – Ovingham Bridge Refurbishment

Local Services Technical Services Local Pinch Point Fund – Crag End Landslip

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Adult Services Agile Working - Adults Staff Wellbeing and Community Health Service Adult Services Agile Working - Children's Staff

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Devolved Formula Capital

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools

Schools Capital Investment Programme

Wellbeing and Community Health Service

TOTAL £56.5M

East Sleekburn Enterprise Zone

Corporate Resources Housing - GF Disabled Facilities Grant

Corporate Resources IT (Corporate Services) Desk top refresh

Corporate Resources IT (Corporate Services) Broadband (grant scheme)

Corporate Resources Leisure Services Ashington Community and Leisure Facility Corporate Resources Leisure Services Leisure Buildings - Essential Remedial

Corporate Resources Leisure Services Druridge Bay Community Sport and Leisure Facility

Corporate Resources Strategic Property Stewardship Fund (Condition)

Local Services Fire and Rescue Hexham Community Fire Station

Local Services Neighbourhood Services Improvement of Pavilions / Changing Facilities on Playing Fields

Local Services Technical Services South East Northumberland Strategic Link Road (Morpeth Northern Bypass)

Local Services Technical Services Members Small Schemes

Local Services Technical Services Hexham Bus Station

Local Services Technical Services Ashington, Blyth & Tyne Rail Line

TOTAL £107.5M

Kitchens - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Bathrooms - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Rewires - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Kitchens - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Doors - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Heating - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Distribution Pipework - Major Repairs Reserve Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Roofing - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA External Walls - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Communal Services - Major Repairs Reserve Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Area Pool Fund - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Energy Efficiency - Major Repairs Reserve

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Environmental Works - Major Repairs Reserve Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Safety and Security - Major Repairs Reserve  Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Grants

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA New Affordable & Existing Housing Programme (HRA) - Phase 2

Corporate Resources Housing - HRA New Affordable & Existing Housing Programme (HRA) Corporate Resources Housing - HRA Oval Estate - HRA Element

TOTAL £33.7M

Ashington North East Quarter Re-development Phase 2

Corporate Resources Finance (Corporate Services) Contingency to Support Grant Funded Projects

Corporate Resources Housing - GF Oval Estate - GF Element

Corporate Resources IT (Corporate Services) Enterprise Storage

Corporate Resources Leisure Services New Leisure Centre (Morpeth/Ponteland)

Corporate Resources Planning and Development East Farm Park, Choppington

Corporate Resources Strategic Property New HQ / County Hall

Local Services Neighbourhood Services Parks Enhancement Programme

Local Services Technical Services Morpeth Surface Water Scheme

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Alnwick Schools Reorganisation

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Ashington Partnership Reorganisation

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Pupils Referral Unit

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools SEND Local additional resourced Provision

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools

Schools Reorganisation (Hexham/Ponteland)

TOTAL £82.89M

Loans to Third Parties (e.g. Arch)

Corporate Resources Housing - GF New Affordable & Existing Housing Programme (GF) Corporate Resources IT (Corporate Services) Broadband Loan Scheme

Corporate Resources Strategic Property Estate Transformation Programme

Local Services Fire and Rescue Officer Support Vehicles (Blue Light Scheme)

Local Services Fire and Rescue FRS Fleet Requirement

Local Services Neighbourhood Services Fleet Replacement Programme

Local Services Neighbourhood Services Alnwick Lionheart Depot and Fire Station

Local Services Public Protection CCTV modernising programme

Local Services Technical Services Schools Energy Performance Contracts

Local Services Technical Services Solar PV Phase 2 – 1600 HFN Domestic Properties

Local Services Technical Services Biomass for Schools

Local Services Technical Services Waste Transfer Sites – Energy Projects

Local Services Technical Services Renewable Energy Programme

Local Services Technical Services Street Lighting Replacement and Modernisation Wellbeing and Community Health Service Adult Services Early Help Module

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Priority School Building Programme (NCC Element)

Wellbeing and Community Health Service Schools Priority School Building Programme (Invest-to-Save Element)

TOTAL £166.39M

 
ALL OF THE ABOVE WILL COST YOU AROUND 53P PER WEEK ON AN AVERAGE BAND D PROPERTY

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