Council leader hits out at ‘baffling’ cuts

Chorley Town Hall
Chorley Town Hall
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Council bosses in Chorley say they face a 14 per cent cut in their budget as the government reveals the latest round of council grants.

Across the county, councils face ‘brutal’ cuts after the government confirmed this year’s local government finance settlements.

According to the government, Chorley Council will actually see a 0.5 per cent rise in its spending power next year when all revenues are taken into account.

However, Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, called the government’s announcement ‘baffling’ and said the authority faces cut of around 14 per cent in real terms.

He said: “From what we have seen the government is once again hitting us extremely hard but we will have to go through the finer detail to work out exactly what it means for us.

“The Government is saying we get a small 0.5 per cent increase in spending power but the money we receive from the New Homes Bonus only gives us temporary funding, which cannot be relied upon in future years, to mitigate the grant reduction.

“The reality is we are seeing a 14 per cent cut in the grant we get from Government.”

He added: “It’s baffling as to why this announcement has come so late in the day and very cynical of them to do this just before Christmas when in reality they will have known what they would be offering to councils a long time ago.”

Elsewhere, council officials in Preston must save more than £3m.

Leader of the city council, Coun Peter Rankin, said that authorities across Lancashire had been among the hardest hit in the entire country.