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Budget and changes to council tax support are up for debate

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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RESIDENTS' views are needed as Torbay Council faces some of its toughest economic challenges to date.

The council's budget and changes to the council tax support system are two hot topics currently up for debate.

Government funding to Torbay will reduce by 28 per cent over the next four years and Torbay Council needs to find up to £10million savings and income from next year's budget.

At the same time changes are being made to council tax support which means that some residents who currently qualify for Council Tax Benefit, where up to 100 per cent of their bill is paid, will now have to contribute more.

There are now less than three weeks to comment on the draft support scheme for Torbay.

The consultation which runs until Monday, October 1, is a chance to have a say on the new scheme Torbay has designed.

Only 305 people have so far commented.

Cllr Alan Tyerman (pictured), executive lead for finance and audit, said: "The changes taking effect next April, which includes less money coming to us from the Government to support the system, mean councils will have to make some difficult decisions about who gets financial help and how much they will get.

"While some groups within the community will be directly affected by the changes, everyone needs to know what's happening.

"Along with councils across Devon, we have developed a draft scheme and are keen to hear from all residents as to whether they think we have got our local scheme right."

The survey and supporting information is available at www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation

Alternatively, anyone wishing to have their say can email Torbay Council on council.tax.support@torbay.gov.uk or call 01803 207201 and a questionnaire will be sent out in the post.

As part of the council's budget process, a consultation event will be held next week to give all members of the public the opportunity to tell the council how and where they think their money should be spent, and where savings should be made.

Cllr Tyerman added: "We aren't underestimating the challenge we face, £10million is a lot of money for the authority to find and there will be tough decisions to be made.

"We want to hear from residents to try to achieve a balance between the statutory services that we are required to provide by law and those that residents say they value the most.

"We also recognise there will be sensitive issues to discuss and that people will have different ideas about what is most important."

The budget consultation will take place on Tuesday in the Rosetor room at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

If residents are unable to attend the budget consultation event, ideas and comments on the budget can also be sent to consultation@torbay.gov.uk.

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  • Bod66  |  September 20 2012, 6:30PM

    Cool, found a text speak converter to really get up those grammer spammers noses...... "With d avg gradu8 facing 82 fellow applicants per vacancy, an d Nth facing a 35 per vacancy on aL vacancies ( Torbay iz 7.8, off d top off my head) I find it hard 2 undRstNd whr dEz ppl hu sA `work shy, git a job etc etc` tink dEz jobs are?, R dey so detached frm everyday Lyf dat aL dey BlEv comes frm d mass media, peddling itz doom, gloom & d commies/muslims/aliens/coughing badgers/asylum seekers/free thinking radicals/people w lng hair *(delete az applicable) R comin. A lot of ppl hav n optN bt 2 claim HB an CTB, & dun 4get DIS wiL problE affect ppl doin pRt tym hours. Everyday we c mo bout d pOr getin squeezed @ d sAm tym a report came out showing dat d wrlds richest 400 hav cn ther `fortune` grO faster thN inflAtN. Quote.... d budget consuLtatN wiL tAk plAc on tues. n d Rosetor r%m @ d Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, frm 6.30pm untl 8.30pm. So d Council whIl trying 2 sAv monE books d Riviera centre az evrEbody knows dat d Council iz sht on conference rooms O.o"

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  • Bod66  |  September 20 2012, 6:30PM

    Cool, found a text speak converter to really get up those grammer spammers noses...... "With d avg gradu8 facing 82 fellow applicants per vacancy, an d Nth facing a 35 per vacancy on aL vacancies ( Torbay iz 7.8, off d top off my head) I find it hard 2 undRstNd whr dEz ppl hu sA `work shy, git a job etc etc` tink dEz jobs are?, R dey so detached frm everyday Lyf dat aL dey BlEv comes frm d mass media, peddling itz doom, gloom & d commies/muslims/aliens/coughing badgers/asylum seekers/free thinking radicals/people w lng hair *(delete az applicable) R comin. A lot of ppl hav n optN bt 2 claim HB an CTB, & dun 4get DIS wiL problE affect ppl doin pRt tym hours. Everyday we c mo bout d pOr getin squeezed @ d sAm tym a report came out showing dat d wrlds richest 400 hav cn ther `fortune` grO faster thN inflAtN. Quote.... d budget consuLtatN wiL tAk plAc on tues. n d Rosetor r%m @ d Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, frm 6.30pm untl 8.30pm. So d Council whIl trying 2 sAv monE books d Riviera centre az evrEbody knows dat d Council iz sht on conference rooms O.o"

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  • Bod66  |  September 20 2012, 6:09PM

    With the average graduate facing 82 fellow applicants per vacancy, an the North facing a 35 per vacancy on all vacancies ( Torbay is 7.8, off the top off my head) I find it hard to understand where these people who say `work shy, get a job etc etc` think these jobs are?, are they so detached from everyday life that all they believe comes from the mass media, peddling its doom, gloom and the commies/muslims/aliens/coughing badgers/asylum seekers/free thinking radicals/people with long hair *(delete as applicable) are coming. A lot of people have no option but to claim HB an CTB, and dont forget this will probably affect people doing part time hours. Everyday we see more about the poor getting squeezed at the same time a report came out showing that the Worlds richest 400 have seen there `fortune` grow faster than inflation. Quote.... The budget consultation will take place on Tuesday in the Rosetor room at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. So the Council while trying to save money books the Riviera centre as everybody knows that the Council is short on conference rooms O.o

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  • ggrman  |  September 20 2012, 2:34PM

    Yet another bill that has to be paid or else you end up with a criminal record. For those on benefits this is going to be an impossible bill to pay as everything else is going up in price and their benefits are not. Looks like its a case of pay your poll tax and go with food or heating. The poor are just getting hammered even more, taking Torbay even further below the poverty line. Considering that Torbay is already below the poverty line for the less well off, this is not going to do any good for anyone living here at all. Not the way to run a council, infact getting rid of the mayor would be a good start to saving much needed funds.

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  • reptor2456  |  September 20 2012, 1:06PM

    So on PalmFm new yesterday (19/09/2012) they said Torbay council are spending £100K on anti-social behaviour to try to stop it and now this toilet paper is reporting the council want to save money?? Err STOP SPENDING MONEY ON SCUMMERS!! Stop giving out hand outs and paying all the rent and council tax for free loaders scummers who are too lazy to get a job!

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  • madmossy  |  September 20 2012, 12:47PM

    How would that help the rich get richer!

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  • nicold  |  September 20 2012, 11:23AM

    Simply really....increase Council Tax for those that can afford it and leave the poor alone!

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