Council makes £1million savings in cuts project

CCTV camera outside Boston Standard office.
CCTV camera outside Boston Standard office.

Cuts have helped Boston Borough Council save more than £1 million – with bosses warning there’s more to come to deal with tough times .

The authority’s Transformation Programme has led to dozens of changes since it was implemented in 2010, including sharing planning services, introducing new charges and the green waste project implemented last year.

Bosses now aim to continue making cuts, during what was referred to as a ‘challenging economic climate’, in a bid to reduce costs and improve services.

At a meeting of the environment and performance scrutiny committee last Wednesday night, where members were updated on the project, council leader Peter Bedford said: “There will be a shortfall in funding of almost £1 million over the next five years.

“The Transformation Programme remains in our plans to bridge this gap.”

A number of these ‘transformations’ are already underway, including moves to alter the CCTV system, civil parking enforcement and changes to housing strategy.

The details of the CCTV project are classed as private and confidential, according to a report provided to the committe.

Plans to deal with welfare reform will come into force in the spring, including a drop, in council tax support which will save the authority more than £400,000.

The transformation project is part of a package of measures aimed at cutting costs for the council, which is facing its own ‘fiscal cliff’ as the Government reduces funding over the next few years.

Other initiatives aimed at boosting the coffers are increasing car parking charges, introducing a council-run pall bearer service for funerals, and charging for events that are held in Central Park.