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One in eight posts at cash-strapped Cheshire East Council are vacant

One in eight posts at cash-strapped Cheshire East Council are vacant

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Nearly an eighth of posts at Cheshire East Council are vacant as the cash-strapped authority tries to slash its wage bill to help balance its books.

Cheshire East is currently forecasting a £13 million overspend by the end of this financial year in March – but is still hoping to find a way to break even.

January 17, 2024
Less than two thirds sign up to Cheshire East garden waste scheme

Less than two thirds sign up to Cheshire East garden waste scheme

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council could fail to rake in the £4m it hoped from its garden waste collections because less than two thirds of residents needed have so far subscribed.

As from this month, garden waste will only be collected if residents have paid the new annual £56 subscription fee.

January 11, 2024
Aerial photo town centre and church

Nantwich Town councillors vote through precept rise of 3.5%

Nantwich Town councillors have voted through a council tax precept rise of 3.5% for 2024-25 – half of the original planned 7% rise first debated in November.

But again the issue prompted at times a heated debate among councillors, with some Labour councillors calling for a zero rise and to find savings elsewhere.

December 14, 2023
Plan for 7% rise in Nantwich Council tax precept sparks councillors row

Plan for 7% rise in Nantwich Council tax precept sparks councillors row

A plan to increase the Nantwich Town Council portion of Council Tax by 7% in 2024-25 sparked a heated debate among town councillors.

The town council’s draft budget was put to the council last night at Brookfield Hall.

November 10, 2023
CEC may run own care homes to due to private sector costs

CEC may run own care homes to due to private sector costs

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council may be forced to run its own care homes for the first time in decades as the price of commissioning private sector services is spiralling.

The council recently forecast a budget shortfall of £18.7m by the end of this financial year.

November 8, 2023
Four leisure centres facing closure as CEC budget cuts deepen

Four leisure centres facing closure as CEC budget cuts deepen

Four leisure centres run by Cheshire East Council could be closed as the authority’s budget crisis deepens.

The authority is desperate to find almost £20 million of savings this year

November 2, 2023
Why is Cheshire East Council facing £12.8m deficit?

Why is Cheshire East Council facing £12.8m deficit?

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council has come under fire from residents for increasing council tax by the maximum permitted while cutting back on services at the same time.

The council is also introducing its highly unpopular green bin charge from January and consulting on hiking up parking charges.

October 6, 2023
Cheshire East Council facing budget deficit of almost £13 million

Cheshire East Council facing budget deficit of almost £13 million

Cheshire East Council is set to report financial pressures of £12.8 million against its 2023/24 budget, latest figures show.

But the authority says savings already identified have reduced this from an eye-watering £26.6m deficit.

September 22, 2023
Nantwich councillors agree to fund half day library opening

Nantwich councillors agree to fund half day library opening

Nantwich Town councillors have agreed to pay £22,000 to keep the town’s library open for an extra half day.

But a debate at last night’s town council meeting descended into a political row over the issue.

September 15, 2023
Cheshire East faces £306m SEN deficit by 2028, stark figures show

Cheshire East faces £306m SEN deficit by 2028, stark figures show

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council’s current £46.9m deficit on its special educational needs budget is forecast to rise to a whopping £306.9m by 2028.

Councils across the UK are struggling with massive deficits in their dedicated schools grant budget because funding has not matched soaring demand and spiralling costs.

September 13, 2023
Nantwich Library to close Fridays and half day Mondays under CEC cuts

Nantwich Library to close Fridays and half day Mondays under CEC cuts

Nantwich Library looks set to be closed every Friday and half a day on Mondays under new service budget cuts proposed by Cheshire East Council.

The details emerged in a letter to Nantwich Town Council from CEC’s director of environment and neighbourhoods.

July 7, 2023
Councillors urge MP on action to stop Cheshire East library cuts

Councillors urge MP on action to stop Cheshire East library cuts

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Two Cheshire East councillors have called on Crewe & Nantwich MP Kieran Mullan to lobby the chancellor for funding to stop library services being slashed.

Cheshire East Council faces a £20m funding gap because of soaring inflation and the increasing pressure on services.

June 21, 2023
New garden waste charges won’t rake in as much, CEC councillors warn

New garden waste charges won’t rake in as much, CEC councillors warn

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East is unlikely to rake in the millions it forecast by introducing garden waste charges and the knock-on effects could impact the council’s carbon neutral target, the Tories claim.

Plans to introduce the charges were voted through as part of the budget in February.

June 14, 2023