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Caerphilly agrees 2018/19 budget

Posted on : 23 Feb 2018

Caerphilly agrees 2018/19 budget
Caerphilly agrees 2018/19 budget

Caerphilly County Borough Council has agreed its budget for 2018/19 and has taken positive steps to ‘protect services, protect communities and meet the needs of local residents’.
The council is faced with making cuts in excess of £7.2 million next year and in order to achieve this, the authority’s Cabinet agreed a list of draft saving proposals which were subject to a period of widespread consultation. These savings formed part of a detailed budget report considered at a Special Meeting of Council on Thursday 22nd February, where the final budget was approved.
Councillors reluctantly agreed to implement a 4.52% increase in Council Tax. This will see the Band D precept rise from £1,011.96 to £1,057.70 – which equates to a weekly increase of 88p.
Cllr Barbara Jones, Deputy Leader of Council said, “None of us want to see any increase in council tax, but unfortunately we are in a very difficult position where we have to choose between agreeing a reasonable increase in council tax or find even more savings to add to the list.”
The budget included an additional £3million for Social Services to help meet increasing demand, particularly within Children’s Services where significant financial pressures are being experienced on placement budgets.
In terms of schools, the council recommended that £547,000 should be transferred to assist schools with meeting anticipated additional costs arising from the teacher’s pay award next year.
The authority is faced with making savings in excess of £40million over the next five years. “We are all acutely aware that many difficult and unpopular decisions are yet to come, but we must rise to the challenge and do all we can to protect our services, protect our communities and meet the needs of our residents,” added Cllr Jones.
Consultation was a key part of the budget process and the council listened closely to the views of local people. Cllr Dave Poole, Leader of the Council said, “We have listened to our residents and we have made a number of adjustments to our plans which reflect the feedback received. We are working hard to protect frontline services and the public have a key role to play in helping us shape the way we deliver these services in the future.”
“I would like to thank all those who took part in our consultation and I’m pleased to be able to demonstrate our commitment that we are here to listen and respond to the needs of the community,” he added. 
The full budget report can be found in our Budget section.


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