Nottingham City Council: tax rises, job losses and parking rises — is it all doom and gloom?
It’s no secret that a huge part of the agenda for most local councils is to cut their budgets, in line with targets set by central government. Nottingham City Council is no different and they’re trying to shave £27m from their budget.
To do so, they’re going to:
- Double parking charges from 6pm-8pm to £2
- Cut 200 jobs
- Cut down on youth services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation
- Raise council tax by 1.99%
So, is it all doom and gloom?
On the surface, there are definitely a lot of negatives at work, especially the huge amount of job losses for an already strained service.
Perhaps the most alarming element of these cuts is the cuts on youth services and alcohol and drug rehabilitation, two key issues in the city that are likely to have a knock-on effect to the rest of society.
In reality, the parking charges aren’t going to impact you too much unless you park during those times every single day of the year (and even then it’s minimal).
The council tax rises could be tricky for people and we’re expecting a backlash on this.
Overall, it’s worth remembering that local councils are between a rock and a hard place, with pressure from the wider government to cut costs and pressure from the public.
It’s hard to see positives in these proposals however and it could be a worrying signal for a city that’s been trying to tout itself as a tech hub.