Blog Posts - Budget Cuts



Brent Council tonight debates Oladapo Report, Davani pay-off, Chancellor's local government cuts and (of course) parking

As well as an expected  Mayoral statement on Hate Crime, Brent Council will tonight (7pm Civic Centre) be considering the Independent Investigator's report on the Tayo Oladapo case.Cllr John Duffy is due to ask a question about removal of tree s...
by wembleymatters on Jul 11, 2016

Growing Poverty as the State Shrinks

Patrick Butler points out that grants to people in terrible need appear to be going down despite poverty increasing.  He suggests the paradox is down to referring agencies dropping out of business.  I suspect that as far as Councils are con...
by James Powney's Blog on May 3, 2016

Monthly Budget for Singles: Where You Can Cut

Have you ever been unexpectedly plunged into the “single life?” Living life as a single person has its perks, however, it has been proven that singles spend more money than couples on everyday necessities. How can that be possible with one fewer...
by Debt Free Living Guru on May 2, 2016

Butt: Brent Council being forced to cut to 'the muscle or even the bone'

Brent Council released the following statement on the 2016-17 budget yesterday. Brent Council is having to cope with a halving of central government funding. We are working hard to keep the negative impact on the services you value the most to...
by wembleymatters on Dec 5, 2015

Brent Cabinet to discuss 'transforming' adult social care and budget cuts

The Brent Library 'Transformation' project, which really meant closures, has given the word a bad name but it is back again at Cabinet on Monday July 27th with a report 'Adult Social Care Transforming Day Care - Direct Services'. LINKGiven the histor...
by wembleymatters on Jul 26, 2015

Institute of Fiscal Studies and Local Government Cuts

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has confirmed what many already knew: cuts to local government have been deliberately targeted at the poorest areas.  Less appreciated perhaps is that London Boroughs have been the worse hit part of the UK,...
by James Powney's Blog on Mar 8, 2015

Six Green Brighton councillors vow to vote against cuts budget: enough is enough

After last night's  fizzling out of a Brent Labour rebellion over Council Tax (apparently Cllr Duffy saw little point in a rebellion of one and subsequent disciplinary action) attention turns to tonight's budget meeting of Brighton Council.In co...
by wembleymatters on Mar 3, 2015

Limited Victory on Local Welfare Provision

Patrick Butler has a rather gloomy look at the government's partial reversal of cuts to local welfare provision.  I fear he is right.  The victory, such as it is, is very limited.  In particular, the budget can still be raided for othe...
by James Powney's Blog on Mar 1, 2015

The Fate of Ward Working?

Looking through the Brent Council Budget papers, I can't find any reference to Ward Working.  I highlighted before that I thought this an area of concern.  It would represent a further diminution in the role of the councillors, as it is the...
by James Powney's Blog on Feb 20, 2015

End of Local Welfare Assistance in Brent?

I hear that Brent's Local Welfare Assistance is under threat as a result of further central government cuts.  Of course, local welfare assistance has been in danger for a long time, but this looks as if it could be the end.  The rumour is t...
by James Powney's Blog on Feb 5, 2015

What will Happen to Brent Street Cleaning?

As far as I can see the budget option of ceasing to clean most of Brent's streets remains on the table.  I still find this rather amazing.  Aside from the dubious lawfulness of the idea, I don't think the public would stand it.  If it...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 31, 2015

Brent Council's Welfare Assistance Scheme

The next Cabinet papers for Brent Council have a report on Brent's local welfare assistance scheme.  As I have explained before, this is being threatened by further government cutbacks.  The recommendations involve a number of changes.Some...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 22, 2015

Scrutinising Brent's devastating budget cuts

As regular readers will know there was concern when Brent Council changed its Scrutiny structure after the 2014 local elections so that there was just one Scrutiny Committee. In the face of criticism it was argued that the Committee would set up task...
by wembleymatters on Jan 2, 2015

Possible Abolition of Ward Ward Working

Hidden away in the Brent Council Budget options is the drastic reduction, or perhaps total abolition of ward working.  One of the fears I have about options such as this is that people only understand the full implications once they have been vo...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 18, 2014

Cuts to Legal Services in Brent

In thinking about budget cuts, it is part of the standard shtick to talk about "frontline services".  The implication is that everyone else is presumably surplus to requirements.  I have always found this rather irritating.  One of the...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 16, 2014

How Plausible are Brent Council Savings?

I have been looking again at some of the proposed savings in Brent Council's budget proposals, and once again wondering how plausible they are.  In some case, such Adult Social Care thyere is a lack of detail.  I mentioned before "contain d...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 15, 2014

Budget Savings in Brent Adult Social Care

Looking through the proposed Brent Budget savings in greater detail, I see a number of problems around deliverability that concern me.  It is easy enough to pass a piece of paper that says a saving will be made; actually making the saving in rea...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 11, 2014

Worrying Signs in Brent Council's Budget

I have only had time for a cursory glance at the Brent Council budget documentation, which once again strikes me as fairly thin content.One of the worrying suggestions is the use of reserves to prepare for universal credit.  In the past I critic...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 4, 2014

Failure and Accountability

Jonathan Portes hands in a damning judgement on the failure of Iain Duncan Smith at the DWP, but I am struck by the lack of accountability.  Here we  have a minister ignoring repeated warnings of inevitable failure, brushing aside clear evi...
by James Powney's Blog on Oct 28, 2014

Sequesters and Budget Cuts. And We Eventually Learn that We Get What We Pay For.

 Of late, Wally’s been mystified about how we American citizens can demand that our government do so  more with a heck-of-a-lot-less less.  “It worked for a while,” he recently said.  “But now we’re seeing the actual cos...
by Weird Wally's Worldview on Oct 15, 2014


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