Labour-run Maghull Town Council steers through huge savings in j

Maghull Town Council

 

Maghull Town Council's leader has praised council staff for helping the Labour administration slash operational costs by £20,000 in less than eight months.

 

Since taking over control of the council last May, the new Labour administration immediately conducted a cost cutting review in order to slash the town council's day-to-day expenditure.

 

From the period from May, the council has reported a reduction in operational expenditure of £20,000.

 

Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Caroline Esterson said the savings were a great achievement by town hall staff.

 

Cllr Esterson said: "We all know that money is tight at the moment as the economy continues to shrink, unemployment rockets and pay falls, so it was just common sense for Maghull Town Council to tighten belts in the same way as everyone else.

 

"So without affecting the running of the town council, and working with the paid staff, we have set about making savings in relation to the day-to-day costs of the council.

 

"Simply looking at things like office costs have led to impressive savings."

 

Other savings have included scrapping the council's coffee machine.

 

Cllr Esterson said: "We found when we took control in May that the town council was paying a lot of money to operate a coffee machine. It was a machine which we felt was an extravagance and which we decided to do away with. In doing so we have saved thousands on that alone.

 

"If the people of Maghull are not benefiting from the expenditure, then it is an extravagance which we can do without."

 

The town council's Labour leader said the savings will be used to improve Maghull for those who live, work and visit the town.

 

Cllr Esterson said: "Maghull Town Council should not be wasting the Maghull tax payers' money as it has done in years gone by. I live in this town and we all have ideas on how we can make it better. Every penny counts.

 

"Instead of wasting money, we want to use every penny wisely so we can make the improvements that we all want to see."

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