Bulwell people have say on council cuts

Bulwell people have been given a chance to have their say about ‘unprecedented’ financial pressures on Nottingham City Council.

A consultation took place at Bulwell Riverside and residents were invited to comment on the council’s draft budget for 2014/15.

It was also an opportunity to talk to the members for Bulwell and Bulwell Forest wards on the council.

A leaflet published for the event claimed that because of shrinking Government funding and other factors, the council would have to make a further £25.5m of savings next year.

Big challenges to the city council are posed by a 5.6 per cent increase in the number of children in care since 2012, a projected six per cent rise in the number of elderly people with limiting long-term illnesses by 2020, and an expected increase of 17 per cent in the number of school pupils by 2017.

Residents were asked to complete a survey, offering comments and suggestions about specific budget proposals.

One man at the meeting who did not want to be named said: “I agree with council employees getting the minimum wage but this should not be at the expense of cutting some of the jobs.”