Search

Leader of Redbridge Council warns cuts could hit services

07:00 28 July 2014

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

Archant

Cuts of £70 million may not be achievable without significant impact on frontline services, the leader of Redbridge Council has said.

Within his leader’s blog, published on the council’s website, Cllr Jas Athwal warned that the borough needed “to get real about the size of the challenge” faced.

The £70 million of savings needed by 2018 were a driving factor behind abolishing area committees, Cllr Athwal explains.

However, further sacrifices will be required.

Cllr Athwal added: “These savings pose the biggest challenge to the way the council delivers the services that residents rely on day-in day-out.

“Unfortunately, we’re already approaching the point where we can’t squeeze any more out of the back office.”

“We’re not alone in this, two thirds of councils across the country report that they are deeply concerned that further cuts can’t be delivered without significantly affecting frontline services.”

The savings faced by the Labour group are almost double those faced by the previous administration.

Read more in Thursday’s Recorder.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:42
The council announced plans it will be providing a second new pool in the borough, just weeks after unveiling plans for one at Mayfield School

Plans for a second new public swimming pool in Redbridge have been announced today.

Yesterday, 16:33
Residents at the former Mecca Bingo in Chadwell Heath, previously The Top Rank Club

The proposed swimming pool at Mayfield School has sparked off opposition from some corners of the community, with objectors arguing the council has selected the wrong location.

Yesterday, 15:12
A dog poses in a Christmas outfit after being groomed at Paw-fect

A Christmas grotto with a twist raised hundreds of pounds for charity by hosting a raffle and glamorous photo shoot for dogs last weekend.

Yesterday, 11:46
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A man has been charged with GBH after a 32-year-old was found with serious head injuries in a Seven Kings street.

Most read news

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition