Dundee City Council has revealed more than £8 million worth of cuts from its 2019-20 budget – and plans to hike a series of costs including car parking.
The local authority will meet to set its budget next week – but the SNP/Independent administration laid out its spending plans today.
Savings will be made in several areas through a reduction in staffing costs. It comes after leader Cllr John Alexander admitted that the council may have to reduce its headcount.
Budget papers show more than £600,000 will be saved from cuts in neighbourhood services, which includes environmental roles, through “structure reviews, deletion of vacant posts, etc”.
Cuts will also be made to staff budgets in the chief executive and children and families services departments.
Meanwhile, the council will scrap free dog poo bags in a bid to save £16,000.
More than £135,000 will be generated from a rise in parking income as fees at sites across the city are set to rise once again.
The cost of a 20-minute stay on-street in the city centre will rise from £1.20 to £1.30 while residents’ permits will also go up – from £87 too £100 in the city centre, £62 to £70 in Broughty Ferry and £8 to £15 in Menzieshill (a rise of almost 100%).
Fees for special waste uplifts remain frozen (£24 for up to six items or £42 for seven to 12 items) but fees for other services including use of the council’s dog kennels, burials and renting equipment will be hiked.
It comes as the council faces having to spend more than £19m extra next year, including nearly £7m on a 3% pay rise for council staff, more than £400,000 of costs for the new Regional Performance Centre for sport, and a £100,000 additional marketing budget for Dundee Waterfront.
We’ll have more on the council’s plans and reaction as the day progresses.