Budget statement

Kevin Keenan

9 February 2012

Whilst reviewing the proposed budget savings from all the Political Groups we shall be submitting this our final Amendment as we hope to improve upon the SNP Administration's draft budget.

We consider our proposals will protect core services in our Schools and help bring employment to the City.

We will therefore be proposing to take all the savings identified by the City's Opposition Groups totalling £283,215 broken down as follows:-

£30,000 additional spend for planned up-date to bus route information system

£210,000 unallocated bus route subsidy

£10,000 Reduction of one Civic Car (should at any time an additional car be required, then call should be made upon those employee's vehicles that are currently subsidised by the City Council and should be available for any City Council business use)

£33,215 taken from various Departmental Hospitality Budgets and allocated provision for Councillors attending conferences.

Our re-investment would be £283,215 broken down as follows:-

£124,000 Reinstatement of Administration savings in Education Items 1 and 2

This money would retain 6.2 FTE PE Visiting Teachers and 5.6 FTE Visiting Specialist Music Teachers.

This proposal would leave music tuition as current with tuition starting at P4 and retain further teacher posts.

£95,000 should be used to support the creation of new posts within the City (Jobs Task Force/ Income Generator) reporting directly to the Chief Executive with responsibility for generating income for the City Council and playing an active role within job creation for the City

£64, 215 to be added to the Capital financing costs budget for Financial Year 2012/13 for future borrowing of £1.25m

This £1.25m investment would be allocated equally between all 8 Local Community Planning Partnerships to be used by our local communities on road repairs.

This would also allow the West End and Broughty Ferry Local Community Planning Partnerships to have funds for the first time to make a difference in their community.

This investment can only be achieved should the Administration agree to suspend Standing Orders.

I have spent some considerable time discussing this issue with Officers and they advised me that under Council's protocol this is the only way this issue can be dealt with.

I trust the Administration will see the City-wide benefit of our proposals and support them.

However, should they not be prepared to suspend Standing Orders, we will move to re-invest this £64,215 within the much needed Jobs Task Force/Income Generators posts.

 

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