By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 02 October 2013 Updated: 02/10 15:21
BOROUGH chiefs could choose to stop funding services including dog wardens and tattoo parlour licensing under a new way of working.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services, which currently tackles issues such as noise nuisance and rogue traders for all areas across the county, has launched a new 'matrix' to allow cash-strapped councils to pick and choose which services they want to retain.
The system sees each service being ranked depending on the amount of public risk involved in cutting funding for it, with demand worked out for each area so Redditch councillors will be able to see how many calls are received on each issue.
Each council will then decide which services it wants to keep and which it will not pay for when the budget for 2014/15 is set in the coming months.
Coun Bill Hartnett, Redditch Borough Council leader, said: "The rationale of the matrix was to assess all the services provided by Worcestershire Regulatory Services to enable them to be evaluated in terms of cost, demand and level of risk.
"I can say that Redditch is comfortable with the level of service we receive, I would also add that significant savings that have already been delivered - over £200,000 - by this joint working arrangement and any discussions on future savings will be made as part of the budget round together with any other pressures that the borough faces."
Coun Lucy Hodgson, chair of the joint committee which proposed the changes, added: "With the increasing financial pressures which local government is continuing to face, some councils are having to consider making cuts to their services.
"I want to stress however that no decisions have been made yet. This will be done through the usual budget process for each council.
"In these instances we will be able, through this matrix, to help the local authorities to make the robust decisions that protect their customers."
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