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Allerdale House,
Workington,
Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ

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Have your say on our budget for next year

10 November 2015

Allerdale Borough Council is calling on everyone concerned to offer their views on the draft Council budget.

Every year the Council has to agree a balanced budget – this means that we must balance our income against our expenditure.  Government grants, which used to make up a significant proportion of our income, have been reducing year on year from £4.8m in 2013/14 to an estimated £2.2m in 2016/17. This means that we have a funding gap of around £3.47m over the four financial years to 2017/18 which needs to be addressed. Out of a budget of just over £15m a year, this is no mean feat.

The Council is keen to address this funding gap yet continue to maintain the level of service which residents and visitors enjoy. Part of the consultation therefore asks if residents want us to continue providing services which are non-statutory, such as economic development and leisure facilities.

The budget consultation also concentrates on a number of key themes. These are:

  • Introducing charges for some trade waste collection services to bring us in line with our competitors
  • Investing in new car parking machines to provide a more effective service, and to introduce new car parking charges across the borough
  • Reviewing our major contracts to save £450,000
  • Reducing the grant paid to town and parish councils in relation to the Local Support for Council Tax scheme, to reflect the drop in funding from central government
  • Increase the Allerdale portion of council tax by 1.9%.This will add £2.98 a year (6p a week) to a Band D household or £1.99 a year (4p a week) for a Band A property

Around 13% of the council tax paid goes to Allerdale Borough Council. This means that at £156.97 a year, the typical Band D property pays just £3 a week for the multitude of services provided by the Council, including weekly bin collections, street cleaning, the upkeep of a number of parks and open spaces, and sports, arts and leisure facilities.

Barbara Cannon, Executive member for Corporate Resources said: “We have always taken a very prudent approach to our finances. This has meant that whilst we’ve faced dramatic cuts to our grant from central government, we have managed to continue to provide an excellent range of services and invest in our communities. This budget continues this sensible approach proposing that we invest in new technology and make changes to our contracts and charges.”

The budget consultation lasts from 9 November 2015 until 14 January 2016 and responses can be provided via our website at www.allerdale.gov.uk/consultation  . Hard copies are also available online, from our area offices or upon request from the Council.

A separate consultation will look in more detail at proposed changes to our car parking service across the borough.

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