COUNCIL budget proposals, which identify £22m of cuts, have been revealed.
The plans are open to public consultation before they’re voted by on by councillors next month.
Kirklees Council plans to use £8m from its reserves to reduce the £30m in savings it needs to make this year to £22m.
The budget reveals cuts to staffing and changes to council services, including changes to parking tariffs and the hours of charging.
Chief executive Adrian Lythgo, said: “Local government continues to face its most challenging financial circumstances in living memory, with difficult choices facing councillors and managers when it comes to providing services with reducing budgets.
“In 2012/13, total spending was £900m. The majority of the funding the council receives comes directly from central government and 2013/14 will see some fundamental changes in the way in which this type of money is allocated to Kirklees council.
“This year we need to save £30 million – and the proposals outline £22 million savings. We plan to use £8 million from the council reserves to help minimise the immediate impact on services.”
In February 2011, there was cross party agreement from the Kirklees Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups for a three-year budget.
It will go before the full council next month for an update after the results of the public consultation are known.
Investment and regeneration, streetscene, housing and building services
£4.9m directorate savings from 2012-15.
Job losses – staff reduced by 500 since 2009/10 – 20.6% of the workforce. As agreed last year, a staffing budget cut of £855,000 in Investment and Regeneration Service in 2013/14 and £63,000 more in 2014/15. Four jobs go in uniform streetscene (wardens/rangers/enforcement) 4 in drainage. In housing services the staff budget will be cut by £356,000 in 2013/14 and £1.246m in 2014/15, most relates to agency and subcontractors.
Income generator proposals – longer hours for parking charges review of tariffs, introducing charges in new areas, introducing bus lane enforcement. In 2014/15 it would generate £100,000. It needs to be voted on by councillors.
15% increase in planning application fees, but service projected to lose £93,000 in 2013/14 as fewer applications submitted.
Dewsbury free town bus gets £125,000 funding this year from additional income from parking. Funding lost for the service in 2014/15 and needs to be found elsewhere.
£122,000 stairlift maintenance budget saved for 2013/14 but lost thereafter.
Review in 2013 of governance and democratic services. Budget savings as yet unknown.
Other savings agreed last year. Among them:
Cost of school catering to rise by 5p for junior and secondary schools from September 2013, saving £195,000 in 2013/14 and £87,000 thereafter.
£275,00 reduction is maintenance budget.
£406,000 saved by cutting Kirklees Active Leisure budget with £116,000 saved 2014/15.
£25,000 income generated from town hall events. Charges rise 2% from April.
Adult social care
26.1% of overall spend is on adult social care. Most change not until 2014/15 onwards.
Reduction in spend on domestic abuse support in 2014/15 by £77,000.
200 people affected by increase in day care transport, with cost rising from £1.50 to £1.75 per journey. 300 people affected by a charge for day care meals.
Children and young people
82.7 fewer staff between 2012/13 and 2015/16.
Cuts of £500,000 from school improvement support. Schools thereafter will purchase at the market rate for support needs.
£150,000 cut from children’s centres – the figure relates to reduction in qualified early years teachers.
£27,000 cut from post 16 transport for special needs pupils.
Two jobs cut in Youth Offending Team
Fines for non-attendance at schools rise to £60 if paid within 28 days and £120 thereafter.