Council set for massive savings

Councillor Alex King
Councillor Alex King

Angus Council may have to make savings of up to £30 million over the next four years according to financial spokesman Councillor Alex King.

The financial performance of Angus Council during 2012/13 was scrutinised at a recent meeting of councillors.

And while the need to maintain the current strong financial position is clear, councillors also considered a report highlighting the stark financial forecast for council finances for the next four years.

Mr King said: “Although our financial results for last year leave us in a strong financial position we’re projecting that almost £30m of savings could be needed over the next four years.

“Reductions on this scale will mean big changes to how we provide services. We’ll be doing all we can to deliver more efficiencies and minimise the impact on front line services.”

However, the council are in good financial shape at the moment with a healthy reserve of around £28 million.

Mr King said: “Despite having to meet the extra costs of another heavy winter, services have managed to stay within the tight budgets set for 2012/13.

“This is testament to our committed staff, who are responding to the financial challenge of delivering services differently, and often with less.”

Commenting on the council’s end of year revenue budget underspend Mr King said: “The £7.5million underspend figure was boosted in large part by the return of £2.1million of uncommitted reserves from the Tayside Police and Fire Boards which were wound up at the end of March.

“We also saved more in costs and gained more in income in some areas than originally expected.”