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Allerdale Borough Council agrees budget for 2016/17

3 March 2016

Allerdale Borough Council agreed its £13.7m budget for 2016/17 at the Council meeting held on 2 March 2016.

The budget includes an increase in Allerdale Borough Council’s portion of council tax of 1.9%, or less than £3 a year for the average Band D property. This takes the amount of council tax paid for services provided by the Council to £159.95 a year for the average Band D property.

Speaking at the meeting, Barbara Cannon, Executive Member with responsibility for Corporate Resources said: “The current financial plan and use of reserves has served the Council well over the last three years.  However following the changes to local government funding announced in the spending review, it is evident that our existing plans are not sufficient – so during the course of 2016-17 the Executive will continue with their review and challenge of all budgets and develop a four year efficiency plan to address and close the forecast budget gap.”

Cllr Cannon also outlined how the Council is facing the need to make savings of around £3.5m over the next few years with the Council’s grant from central government to be cut by 33% on the previous year to £1.7m in 2016/17.

Despite the cuts, the Council’s priorities as set out in the Council Plan remain, with a strong emphasis on supporting economic growth and delivering the Council’s plans. The Council will continue to identify ways where services can be made to be more efficient and develop a four-year plan on how to achieve this within the settlement period. The targets equate to around £1.3m in 2016/17 with total savings of £3.548m between 2015/16 and 2018/19.

The Council is however, also investing for the future including recurring increases in spending of £80,000 for town centre projects and £60,000 more for festivals and events. Given the impact of the recent flooding the Council is also putting £100,000 aside as a major incident reserve.

Income from business rates (National Non-Domestic rates) is expected to bring in nearly £4.7m and the Council is to continue working alongside other Cumbria authorities to operate the Cumbia Pool which allows it to retain additional income which would otherwise be payable to the Government. This is likely to provide £257,000 in additional income.

The Council also agreed to increase capital expenditure by nearly £3.3m to fund the acquisition and construction of new assets and the enhancement of existing assets. In addition a further £1.65m capital programme for the three years from 2017/18 was agreed.

The Council agreed to maintain the level of support provided by the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme which provides a reduction to Council Tax for those on low incomes.

Full details on the budget can be found on the Council’s website:

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