Cuts Watch #10

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Neighbourhoods: nottingham nottinghamshire notts
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Even with Christmas only just over the horizon, the cuts have continued over the last week, with the announcement of the funding settlement for local councils hitting Nottingham particularly hard. Even Cuts Watch has been cutback, this week's edition arriving late and in a slimmed down version. "Normal" service may or may not resume after the holiday period.

Advice

Advice bureau to cut spending, Newark Advertiser
Newark and District Citizens’ Advice Bureau has announced plans to cut its spending in light of expected county council cuts.

Campaign against cuts, Newark Advertiser
Staff at Ollerton Citizens’ Advice Bureau have launched a petition against funding cuts that would affect the services it provides.

Council Grants

Nottingham City Council expects to lose £100 million in Government funding, Nottingham Post
NOTTINGHAM City Council's leadership expects to lose £100 million in Government money over the next three years.

Nottingham City Council set to lose £30 million and Notts County Council £15 million
, Nottingham Post
NOTTINGHAM City Council will see an 8.4% reduction in its Government grants next year, meaning it loses out on £29.5 million. The following year, in 2012/13 it will lose a further £13 million, which is a 4.17% cut.

Councils facing 9.9% core funding cut, BBC Nottingham
Councils in England are to face cuts of almost 10% next year in their core central government funding.

Notts councils claim Government cuts are worse than expected, Nottingham Post
COUNCIL officers were working late into last night to work out how much money they would receive from the Government over the next two years. But both Notts County and Nottingham City councils claim the cuts are worse than they expected.

Nottingham City Council faces 16.5% cuts in Government funding, Nottingham City Council
Nottingham City Council is facing a 16.5% cut in Government funding - equating to around £60m in real terms - after the Government announced its settlement for councils.

Bassetlaw Council faces £1.4 million cut in its Government funding, Retford Times
TOUGH times lie ahead say Bassetlaw Council finance chiefs but they feel they are prepared to absorb a £1.4 million cut in its Government grant next year.

Are we really 'all in it together' as the Chancellor claims?, Nottingham Post
SO, we have been told by George Osborne that we are all in it together. We have been told by David Cameron that frontline services won't be affected by reductions. And we have been told by Nick Clegg that he will rebalance the economy from south to north.

Courts

Newark Magistrates' Court to close, Newark Advertiser
Newark Magistrates' and County courts will be closed, the Government announced this afternoon.

Battle to save town magistrates' court from closure is lost, Newark Advertiser
THE fight to keep Retford Magistrates' Court open has been lost with this week's closure announcement from the Ministry of Justice.

Education

Protests against cuts to Education Maintenance Allowance take place across Nottingham, Nottingham Post
A SERIES of protests against the government's decision to scrap education grants for sixth formers have taken place across Notts.

Fire Service

Fire cuts may see Nottinghamshire stations close, BBC Nottingham
Three retained fire stations in Nottinghamshire may close as part of cost-cutting measures.

Jobs to go in Notts fire service following Government cuts announcement, Nottingham Post
MORE than an eighth of jobs are expected to be axed at the Notts Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire stations to close, Newark Advertiser
The Advertiser understands that Nottinghamshire Fire Authority will today announce the closure of three retained fire stations in Nottinghamshire and the axing of their crews.

Plans to close town fire station refuted, but cover could be reduced, Retford Times
THE county's fire service insists there are no plans to shut Retford Fire Station but said the town's cover could be reduced as it ends a year of looking at re-organisation.

Gedling School

Gedling MP Vernon Coaker writes plea to county cabinet over The Gedling School, Nottingham Post
GEDLING MP Vernon Coaker has written to each member of Notts County Council's cabinet asking them to reject plans to close The Gedling School.

Save Gedling School rally at County Hall, Nottingham Indymedia
On Wednesday 15th December, supporters of the Gedling School held a demonstration outside County Hall to protest plans to close the school.

Council goes ahead with Gedling School closure consultation, Nottingham Post
COUNCILLORS have agreed to push ahead with a consultation on the closure of Gedling School to address a surplus of pupil places in Gedling borough.

Protesters will fight on in battle to save Gedling School, Notingham Post
CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to prove Gedling School should remain open, despite plans to close it.

Secondary school places in Gedling, Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet has taken the decision to consult with the parents, pupils, staff and governors of schools, and the wider community, across Gedling district about a range of options for managing secondary school places and quality of education in the area.

Nottingham City Council

Upset over changes to Newstead Abbey's opening days, Nottingham Post
CUTS could see Newstead Abbey closed to the public except on Sundays.

Community centres join forces over council cuts, Nottingham Post
LEADERS of community centres are joining forces over the issues of council cuts, isolation of the centres and what they claim is a lack of support from the city council.

City residents on benefits to lose leisure centre discount, Nottingham Post
NOTTINGHAM residents on some benefits will no longer receive 50 per cent discount on leisure services provided by the city council.

It's the Brand That Matters..., NCC LOLs
Another one from Cllr 'Trembling' Trimble. He's authorised a contract with 'Large Creative Ltd' to do the branding for Nottingham's leisure centres. Not sure what that actually involves but it sounds less important than, say, not cutting a couple of youth worker posts or improving the actual facilities.

Those Proposed Terms and Conditions in Full, NCC LOLs
Have been sent a copy of the recent NCC Bulletin telling staff about proposed changes to their terms and conditions.

Nottinghamshire County Council

Lights switch-off delayed, Newark Advertiser
A scheme that would have made Bingham one of the first areas to have its street lights switched off overnight to save money has been delayed.

Pensioners face extra care home charges, Worksop Guardian
THE leader of the Labour opposition at Notts County Council has blasted plans to increase care home charges by up to £200 A WEEK.

Increase in cost of council's care charges are branded 'a disgrace', Retford Times
PLANS by the county council to increase some of its care charges have been branded a "disgrace" by opposition members.

Framework supporters to hand 1,000 letters in to County Hall opposing budget cuts, Nottingham Post
AROUND 1,000 letters will be handed in to Notts County Council today by supporters of homeless charity Framework.

Delay likely for Sherwood Forest visitor centre, BBC Nottingham
Plans for a new £5.2m visitor centre at Sherwood Forest are likely to be delayed for about five years, according to the county council.

Visitor centre delayed and temporary housing could be hit, Nottingham Post
COUNCILLORS will discuss Notts County Council's budget plans at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Other Councils

Council refutes 'privatisation' claim, Newark Advertiser
Conservative councillors have refuted claims restructuring plans are a move towards privatisation.

Kelham Hall restructure approved, Newark Advertiser
Radical plans to change the way Newark and Sherwood District Council works have been approved.

No change planned on tax demand, Newark Advertiser
The amount of council tax households pay to Southwell Town Council is set to stay the same for the next financial year.

Police

County police force 'will cut staff numbers' following £10.3m budget shortfall, Retford Times
THE county's police force says it is 'inevitable' there will be a reduction in officer and staff numbers after discovering it will face a £10.3m budget shortfall.

Statement from Nottinghamshire Police Authority and Nottinghamshire Police, Notts Police Authority
The Government has revealed the provisional details of Police Funding for the two financial years from April 2011. 

Nottinghamshire Police workforce change, Rushcliffe Borough Council
Nottinghamshire Police Authority has backed plans by Nottinghamshire Police to reshape the force in response to reductions in its funding over the coming years.

Spending cuts force top cops to quit, says Labour, BBC Nottingham
d Balls is back on the beat. The Shadow Home Secretary has been in Nottinghamshire to highlight police budget cuts. If he looked slightly lost, no one should blame him because all the talk has been about the A19.

Private Sector

Building giants go bust, Hucknall Dispatch
HUCKNALL has been rocked by bombshell news that one of its most historic companies, Bodill Construction, has gone bust.

#UKuncut

Tax protesters to target city shops, Nottingham Post
CAMPAIGNERS will be protesting in Nottingham city centre today against companies they claim are avoiding tax.

High street stores hit in day of action over corporate tax avoidance
, Guardian
Security stepped up as activists in 55 cities and towns across the UK target businesses on busiest shopping day of the year

Carol Singing brings down Corporations, UKuncut
It may not have been snowing today in Nottingham but that didn't stop a plucky band of protesters from engaging in some wintry antics. Two Vodafone shops shut their doors as the merry band of carol singers, with quite a few robin hoods as part of the pack, approached to sing some about some rather painful truths.

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