Glasgow City Council met today to put forward budget proposals that will see the city’s Integrated Grants Fund (IGF) cut by £6.15m this year. £3m of this will come from the decision to axe funding for 100 community police officers. Council employees will reduce by 1500, although they retain the policy of no compulsory redundancies for staff. A number of community centres will close and the cost of school breakfast provision will double from £1 to £2 per day.
The Council has to make cuts of £130m over the next years – £83m of these in this financial year. According to a report in the Herald, today’s proposals make up only £19m of what’s needed to balance the budget. In addition, the city’s Transformation Project is expected to make savings of over £37m this year, while the Council will use £25m of its reserves to balance the books.
Third sector organisations in receipt of funding from the IGF have been waiting anxiously to hear about their funding for this year, which is normally communicated in December, however, the delay to the setting of the city’s budget means that they have yet to hear what their funding will be. Because of this, the Council took the decision to extend funding until June of this year, while decisions on the budget were taken. Following the Council’s budget meeting, a communication from Democratic Services informed us that they expect that IGF recommendations will now go to committee for approval on 14th April 2016.