CONSULTATION: Doncaster Council Budget proposals

Doncaster Council has published its proposed budget for 2014 to 2017 and is asking residents, local businesses and other interested parties to comment on the proposals. The deadline for comments is Friday 15 November 2013.

The Council says that due to cuts in central Government spending it will have to find £109m of cost savings over the three year period, £38m of which will fall in the 2014/15 financial year. In order to meet this, the Council is proposing to cut as many as 1,200 jobs, dispose of up to 70% of its properties and increase Council Tax by 2% per year for each of the three years covered by the proposals.

Council services are also due to be cut, with all Council-owned care homes set to close, as well as several children's centres and at least three day care centres. The proposals also include large cuts to subsidies for bus services.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said that Doncaster Council was being hit more than many others by cuts in Government funding. "We have got to balance the budget and we are not shying away from that responsibility. These cuts have been forced upon us", she added.

To view the full budget proposals and to have your say, visit the Doncaster Council Budget Conversation page.