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|Title:||Doncaster Council services delivering despite cuts|
|ID & Publication:||20140611023 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Council News |
A new report suggests that public services are holding up well, despite Doncaster Council having to make big savings due to central government cuts.
The Finance and Performance Improvement Report 2013/14 Quarter 4 will be considered by Doncaster Council's cabinet on Wednesday 18 June 2014. The report can be viewed online at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/db/chamber/default.asp?Nav=Meeting&MeetingID=6633
The report shows that at the end of the financial year Doncaster Council had delivered services on budget, whilst delivering the savings of £26m a year that were required.
Although difficult decisions have to be made in order to balance the budget, Doncaster Council is continuing to deliver in key areas such as jobs and growth:
• 275 new apprenticeships have been created in the past year – more than the Mayor’s annual target of 250
• 240 new jobs have been created by Business Doncaster activity
• 118 new jobs created through FARRRS
• Doncaster's visitor numbers are up 29% on the same period last year
• At March 2014, the number of working age people claiming JSA was down 20.5% on the previous year and the number of 18-24 year old claimants was down 27.9%
Improvements to vital services continued, with the average caseload for children’s social workers remaining stable and at a manageable level. The number of child protection cases continues to reduce and is now more in line with Doncaster’s statistical neighbours.
Doncaster Council remains committed to a zero tolerance approach on crime and anti-social behaviour incidents are down by 2% compared to last year.
Internally, staff sickness levels have fallen by 18% in the past year. Monitoring of council services has also improved as new arrangements to improve data quality have been developed.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: ‘Doncaster Council is one of the local authorities that has been hit hardest by central Government cuts and we have to save a further £109m over the next 3 years’.
‘This first year has been a good start and I am determined that we go about this the right way, balancing our books while continuing to deliver the best possible services for local residents and investing in Doncaster’s future.
‘This report shows that despite the problems we face, I am continuing to deliver on my pledges to create jobs and growth, protect vital services and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.’
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