02 February 2012>
As Caerphilly county borough council consults on its proposals for the budget for 2012/13, a report sets out how well placed the council is to continue weathering the recession storm.
During the last twelve months it has maintained its course for prudent management of its Medium Term Financial Plan resulting in a second year with zero council tax rise.
Cllr Phil Bevan Cabinet member for Education Leisure and Lifelong Learning said "The proposal of £92 million for the 21st Century schools programme has been favourably received by the Welsh Government. We are putting an extra £5 million for schools and work will soon be starting on the new secondary Welsh Medium School on the old St Ilan site in Caerphilly.
"I am delighted to note the proposals show a further £3 million for highways, this follows our major £5million extra investment in resurfacing roads across the county borough during 2011. " added Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Engineering and Transport.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman - Cabinet Member for the Public Services & Housing praised the efforts of local people ";A good example of how residents have helped save money is by the way they have reduce their waste which was going to landfill and is now we are top in recycling tables. In true terms this means we pay less in landfill tax than ever before.
" In these difficult times it is the vulnerable adults and children who must be protected and I am very pleased we have been able to identify nearly £4million growth for social services." said Cllr Judith Pritchard - Cabinet Member for Social Services.
Cllr Colin Mann Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Financial Resources summed up the proposals for the budget by saying "We have had tremendous support from employees across the authority making every effort to reduce the cost of delivering services and maintain quality frontline services and we have achieved savings of £17 million in three years. My colleagues in the cabinet have worked hard to make the savings in their own service areas and divert money to where it is most needed and effective."
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