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Council leaderís fury over funding announcement

Reporter: Richard Hooton
Date online: 21 December 2012

OLDHAM Council leader Jim McMahon has blasted reduced Government funding — warning it could add another £7million to a previously-announced £31 million in council cuts.

Local government minister Eric Pickles yesterday announced he was slashing grants to local authorities - with Oldham reported to be facing a 7.4 per cent cut.

The Tory MP claimed the settlement represented a “bargain” for councils and urged them to make more savings by cutting pay, scrapping chief executive posts and ending councillor pensions.

But Oldham Council Leader Councillor Jim McMahon said: “This is the worst kind of Christmas present from the Government. The timing simply adds insult to injury.

”While we have yet to dissect the finer details, it’s still very clear that this is bad news for Oldham and looks like an additional £7million of cuts on top of the £31 million already announced.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard here to get our financial house in order. But having already found savings of more than £100 million in our budget over the last four years alone, there is simply no fat left to cut from our services.

“Like every local authority hit by this settlement we will have to consider cuts in areas that will impact on vital services and vulnerable residents.

“When added to the changes about to hit people via Welfare Reform next year, this is a double whammy that will hit the poorest members of our society the hardest.

“Some of the things Eric Pickles is saying show that he has absolutely no understanding of how local government works and what it does.

“His New Year resolution should be to consider the shocking effects that his decisions are having on decent and vulnerable families — and to consider his position.”


“Some of the things Eric Pickles is saying show that he has absolutely no understanding of how local government works and what it does"
I do!
Local government in Oldham works by paying the chief executive far more than the chancellor of the exchequer gets paid and also pays out twice as much in employer pension contributions to the chief exec than a minimum wage earner gets to live on for a year.

Well that should put an end to his pet projects, will we see local town halls close and buildings sold off , if so much money had not been wasted on other things latics, fireworks, new carpet, office refurbish etc,etc it would not be so bad your lot spend we and we have to pay

Sorry Jim I agree with mr pickles chief exec & his aids are on way to much money & I have asked 10 or more times through this press what percentage if my c/tax goes towards council pensions he is just telling you the gravy train is about to end

Having done a quick background check on Mr Pickles I found that he was a former Council Leader of Bradford City Council, which is a larger local authority than Oldham. However, what can OMBC do? Well it could share services with other Councils saving a few million pounds (But this seems to be no longer on the agenda), cut foreign language translation services and reduce the number of Councillors would be two others. But even if Labour was in Govt the cuts would only be delayed by 1 year.

always the same spin,'will have to cut vital services','impact on vulnerable families.' Why not let us hear 'will impact on councilors salary and expenses'or'impact on needless expense and waste'.

Typical of all socialist politicians who have no regard for the public purse, McMahon pleads poverty.

how about you provide statutory services only Jim & see what that costs.

ow is the time Jim has to tell the truth and answer three questions.

1) What is in council reserves
2) How much and for how long with the people of Oldham be paying for all the new lamp posts.
3) Is the latics money safe. Or might that now be taken back.


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