February 2016 Report
Buses 186 and 103
County have announced they are considering further cuts to the Bus services, in our area the 186 and 103 services.
The announcement has been rushed and the period of time to respond is very short.
I shall not be supporting this and would hope that people will respond to the consultation if you can.
When this is raised at the County Cabinet I shall be arguing that this has been poorly thought out and will result in severe rural isolation for some people.
Council Tax Settlement
The Government announced the settlement for Local government in December and when we read the small print we realised that Dorset is being treated worse than any other County in the country leading to a further and unplanned for £7.2 Million being required to be cut from the budget before April.
This will not be possible without savage cuts.
All of Dorset’s MPs went to visit the Minister to lobby on our (and your) behalf and we will know the results of this by the time you read this article.
This is very serious as over 50% of our budget is on Adult and children’s services which are, generally, mandatory services.
This means that any cuts elsewhere have to be correspondingly larger and more draconian.