FIFE COUNCIL BUDGET – Compare & Contrast

Detailed below is a comparison between Fife Labour's draft and final budget, and the SNP's proposed alternative budget for Fife. Fife Labour campaigned against the cuts in our budget from both the Westminster and Hollyrood parliaments, while SNP councillors claimed we were 'scaremongering'. Fife Labour also proposed a 7.51% increase in council tax to protect jobs and local services in Fife, but this proposal had to be scraped when the SNP Government imposed penalties of £25m if the council tax was increased by just 1p. Key Facts
  • Fife Council total revenue budget totals £752m, the SNP councillors changed only £1.4m of Labour's Draft budget or 0.19% of total spend.
  •  Over two years the SNP Budget invested less money in Library services than Labour despite their claims
  • The SNP budget cut free fruit provision for nursery and primary schools in Fife by a third.
  •  The SNP budget cut £120k from the local office budget which would have led to smaller offices closing.
  • The SNP budget cut the provision of early years services by £700k.
  •  The SNP Councillors voted against Fife Labour's 50 free swimming lessons for P1 kids, £100k investment in new breakfast cafes in Fife Schools, £50k in FSLT Inequalities programme.
  • The SNP budget did not included and investment of £300k in a new visitors centre a Lochore Meadows country park.
  • The SNP budget has failed the competency test as at least two budget saving could not achieved and therefore there budget did not balance.
X - not included in SNP Budget, Y - Included in SNP budget
Item Description Labour Draft SNP Labour Final comment
  £,000 £,000 £,000  
         
Investments
Early Years 0 X 700
Free Swimming Lessons P1 0 X 60
OTAGO Strength & Balance Programme Roll-out 0 X 10
FSLT Health & Inequalities Programme 0 X 50
Residential Drug Rehabilitation 0 X 50
Libraries (Transition of 16 libraries) 0 771 700 Labour invested a further £98k FY17/18
Efficiencies
Education & Children's Services 1001 Y 1001
Health and Social Care 0 Y 0
Enterprise and Environment 802 Y 802
Communities 691 Y 691
Finance & Corporate Services 1450 Y 1450
Corporate savings 1322 Y 1555
Proposed Additional Savings
 
Education
Early Years Review 1536 Y 1536 Labour reinvested £700k see above
Music Service 100 x 100 Increased fees
Comissioning of services Childrens 250 Y 250
Enterprise and Environment
Asset / Transportation/ Environment
Reduction in supply of Bio bags 200 Y 200
Charges for Waste collection charities 100 x 65
CCFM reduction in School meal choices 142 x 142
PBB taxicards 350 Y 350
PBB Grit Bins 100 Y 100
PBB Bus station information / shelters 115 Y 100
CCFM stop Free fruit in nurseries and schools 290 100k 0 SNP cut budget by over a third
CCFM Non renewal of auto public toilets 35 Y 35
CCFM review catering provion 160 Y 160
PBB no DRT Evenings/we 280 x 0
PBB grants to voluntary orgs 0 Y 0
Transportation PBB 0 Y 0
EPES
Grant reduction Bragg 5 x 5
Review financial assist / Town centre grants 5 x 5
Review of staffing levels - protective services 28 x 28
Communities
Area Services
Reduction in high amenity planting 130 Y 130
fees bereavement increase 26 Y 0
football academy fees 7 x 10
reduced maintenance frequencies 195 Y 195
Reduce sports programmes / initiatives 10 x 10
Reduce sports development 16 x 16
Community / corp dev
Funding to external bodies 20 x 20
Reduction in youth work budgets 35 x 35
Customer services
one council approach 97 Y 97
Finance & Corp services
Staff reduction Democratic services 47 Y 47
FURTHER SAVINGS
Enterprise& Environment
PBB accelerate parking charges 350 x 0
Communities
Parks streets & open super DLO 100 Y 50 timing change
Review fishing Lochore meadows 23 Y 23
Delete major parks officer 40 Y 40
Reduce mgmt fee FCCT 52 Y 52
Safer comms structure 90 Y 90
Reduce golf trust fee 21 x 21
Reduce fee FSLT 94 x 94
project reductions FGT/ FSLT 50 x 50
SRU development coach 30 x 0
Sports dev merger 30 x 30
advance charges football academy 3 x 0
Community / corp development
Advance Leadership savings 365 Y 175 Labour took a reduced saving
Area based transformation 250 Y 175 Labour took a reduced saving
Customer services
Reduce levels of performance 120 Y 120
close smaller local offices 120 Y 0
Housing
B & B eradication 74 Y 74
Mgmt review 53 Y 0
Sheltered housing deregistration 138 Y 138
Enhanced temp housing / rent increase 137 Y 137
Finance / Corp services
Revise procurement structure 100 Y 100
Reduce cost of Revenue services 500 Y 200
Employee savings business support 500 Y 500
Transactions employee savings 120 Y 120
Temporary savings
Property repairs/ maintenace 2000 Y 2000
Reduced bad debt provision 1080 Y 1080
Changes
Fees and charges icrease 0 150 225 Labour increase by 1.5% / SNP by 1%
Reductions in Supplies andServices 2694 2694 2694
Cosla saving 0 197 0 Not possible needs 1 year notice
Senior middle management saving 0 500 0
reduce absenteeism 0 150 0

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