Proposed cut of 31.71 posts and a reduction of services by Hastings Borough CouncilWe the undersigned petition the council to review and recalculate the budget cuts of 31.71 posts and reduction of services proposed by Hastings Borough Council in the Draft Corporate Plan and Budget consultation 2020/21.
We oppose the budget cuts of 31.71 posts and reduction of services proposed by Hastings Borough Council in the Draft Corporate Plan and Budget consultation 2020/21.
Funding from Government for Hastings has been cut by more than 70% over the last 10 years making balancing the books very difficult indeed. Inevitably, this means some services will be reduced or cut completely, even if the council uses its diminishing reserve funds.
Several of the council’s services have been assessed as having a medium or high impact on the community and affect individuals including children, families and specific service users.
Specific areas will be affected directly but an overall reduction of 10% in the workforce will have a detrimental knock-on effect in all areas, all staff and all services the council provide.
The council’s Draft Budget has been published alongside the Draft Corporate Plan 2020 – 2024 and the proposals seem to be in direct conflict.
The Draft Corporate Plan priority states that the council will tackle homelessness, poverty and ensure quality housing but the draft budget shows a reduction in Housing Options staff.
The Plan also indicates that the council want to keep Hastings clean and safe, but the budget proposal is to cease the activity of the CCTV monitoring team, including control of Shop Watch and Bar Watch.
The council also claim they want to make the best of our land and buildings, but the draft budget includes a reduction in the Development Control team (Planning officers).
We recognise without a major change in how the Government provides money to local councils, local jobs and services will continue to be reduced but we protest the current, devastating cuts proposed by the council in this draft budget.
This ePetition ran from 26/01/2020 to 10/02/2020 and has now finished.
19 people signed this ePetition.