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Mystery surrounds council's £2.4 million black hole

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Lib Dem leader Jeremy Hilton says a lack of a budget is 'incompetent'

Lib Dem leader Jeremy Hilton says a lack of a budget is 'incompetent'

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A £2.4 million black hole in the city council's budget needs to be filled – but councillors still can't say how they will do it.

Gloucester City Council needs to approve its budget on February 21 but, with just two weeks to go, it still hasn't published a draft.

That's despite Gloucestershire County Council revealing its extensive plans for the county on Wednesday.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, has blasted the delay as 'incompetent'.

"We know that they need to make £2.4million of cuts but they haven't said how," he said. "It is incompetent.

"I also sit on the county council and we have already seen the budget plans which run to several hundreds of pages.

"If this was a private business they would not be allowed to get away with it."

City council finance chiefs say a delay in news from the Government about the amount they would receive in grants has been to blame.

Pete Gillett, director of resources, said: "Given the fact that the Government settlement was a lot later than normal we were keen to respond quickly."

For the full story see Friday's Citizen.

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 08 2013, 10:17AM

    The curse of the cliché strikes again! What makes this deficiency a "black hole"? Surely it is just an ordinary hole? There is no possible connection with Calcutta or astronomy.

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  • badger12  |  February 08 2013, 10:05AM

    I've heard they are arranging a car boot sale in the centre of the city. There is also going to be a raffle and cake sales. The leader of the council is also going to do a quick whip round at the local pubs. Hopefully this should raise the much needed funds.

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  • Lecorche  |  February 07 2013, 11:17PM

    Probably to hide the fact that both parties are well past their sell-by dates,S.

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  • SELINA30  |  February 07 2013, 2:49PM

    The real mystery is why are the Lib Dems still propping up the Tories?

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