Cabinet invites public discussion on £53.5m cuts
PUBLISHED: 21:42 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 21:42 07 October 2014
Refuse collecters fearing for their futures gathered outside Barking Town Hall in a protest ahead of tonight’s cabinet meeting.
They parked their dustcarts in the road to protest a planned £2,000 a year pay cut for frontline staff, while users of The Maples care centre, which could be set for closure, were also there to voice their opinion.
Many of those present at the protest packed out the public gallery in the chamber, some heckling the committee over the discussion to make significant cuts from April 2015.
Cllr Dominic Twomey, deputy leader of the council, said that the amount of money needing to be cut during the next three years had already reduced from £73million to £53.5m.
Addressing a number of people in the gallery who objected to the lack of opportunity to ask questions during the meeting, he said: “There will be consultation on Appendix B, with five public meetings.”
Appendix B includes items including cutting funding for school crossing patrols at 23 primary schools, the closure of care and homeless centres and reducing the opening hours for Dagenham Library and Barking Learning Centre.
Other proposals, which do not require public consultation, were included in Appendix A and approved by the cabinet.
These are cost-cutting measures within the council itself and include terminating the lease on Maritime House and cutting local sponsorship schemes.
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