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Budget cuts impact on council services

01 November 2016

Restrictions on council budgets are impacting on maintenance service levels, with Richmond in North Yorkshire outlining the impact this is having.

It is now required to find nearly £20,000 per year to provide services previously delivered by district and council councils, according to The Northern Echo.

Following pressure exerted on council budgets around the UK, this will continue to impact on various sectors in the FM industry.

Extra services funded by Richmond include play park maintenance, the planting of borders in local parks and the cutting of grass verges.

"It's all down to the district and county council having their budgets cut so it was inevitable really that we would have to take on more," Richmond town clerk Heather Lawler told The Northern Echo.

She also stated there could be more cuts to deal with in the future "so we have to be mindful of that".

Ms Lawler listed the costs as £6,800 per year for play park maintenance and insurance, £8,000 a year for grass cutting and £3,500 for planting.

The council has avoided increasing its precept to the public by hiring out the town hall for functions and staging other events to raise funds.

A competitive tender for grass verge cutting created an improved level of service, with the district council now cutting verges nine or 10 times a year, compared with four times a year with the previous service provided by North Yorkshire County Council.


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