Today Councillor Alan Dutton Cabinet Member for Transformation and Resources accused me of continually giving false information on Twitter
So I am writing a blog to disclose where I read the “False Information” in the hope that Councillor Alan Dutton can provide links to the correct information.
I would first like to direct Councillor Alan Dutton to the District Auditors Letter where on commenting on the Council decision to remain in Stoke and Build a second Civic Centre (page 12) “this decision and the identification of the further building and on-going running costs of the CBD scheme have increased the financial pressure on the Council” this is due to “an increase in the on-going revenue costs of operating its buildings (additional costs in 2015/16 are £7.9m falling to £2.8m by 2018/19 and to £2.2m by 2021/22)”
This is supported by the “CITY WIDE ADMINISTRATIVE PROPERTY RATIONALISATION” report which went to Cabinet on 24 October 2013 and to which Councillor Alan Dutton spoke and added his support,
2.22 The table below shows the additional on-going revenue costs in the early years of approximately £5m reducing to an on-going level of approximately £2.2m per annum over the medium term. If one-off costs are included, this increases the funding requirement in the earlier years, particularly in 2015/16 by circa £2.7m and in 2016/17 by £1.5m.
The Districtor Auditor doesn’t blame elected members such as Councillor Alan Dutton for the increasing costs ( an extra £7.6million for Fit out and £4million for Furniture, already) but say that “We are also concerned that the full financial costs of the Central Business District were not identified earlier, and that members were not able to consider them as part of the overall proposal.” I myself would have thought it was indeed the job of elected members to discover the Full Cost of projects before embarking on grand schemes, the district auditor simplys asks “review its procedures for this type of project to ensure that members are aware of the full costs before deciding to proceed with a scheme(s).”
I hope Councillor Dutton, replies soon to correct me and show that where the above additional £27million is to come from if not from more cuts to services.