Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Why more cuts? Letter in Hunts Post

In the 29/09/2010 edition of the Hunts Post, there is a letter from P Attwood over the cuts. There is a fundamental misunderstanding about the cuts needed to balance the budget at HDC. Whilst P. Attwood talks of saving £2 million making roughly £6.6 million over 3 years. This is simply too little. All Attwood is reducing the annual wage bill from £26 million to £24 million.

HDC has to cut £8 million a year. This means the cut in the wage bill would not be from £26 million to £24 million but from £26 million to £18 million.

I just wonder whether HDC will run a correction or let this misleading information carry on?

The problem with all the figures being banded about is they aren't being put in context. When Cllr Bates talks about a reduction of £5 million over 3 years, this actually means a reduction in the budget from £24 million to £19 million over a 3 year period.

Unless the residents understand the problems inflicted by the Conservatives on HDC they will not understand the cuts or increases in Council Tax needed to resolve these inflicted problems.

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