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Allerdale Borough Council agrees budget for 2017/18

3 March 2017

Allerdale Borough Council agreed its budget for 2017/18 at the Council meeting held this week [1 March 2017].

The budget includes an increase of 1.9% in Allerdale Borough Council’s portion of Council Tax, or just £3.04 a year for a Band D property – less than 6p a week. This takes the amount of Council Tax for services provided by the Council to £162.99 a year for a Band D property.

The decision comes as the grant funding from central government continues to fall. The Council’s revenue budget for 2017/18 totals £13.023m (excluding parish precepts). This is funded in part from Council Tax receipts totalling £6.8m and money from business rates (NNDR) which provides £4.6m. The amount of grant provided by central government amounts to £1.060m which is a 78% drop from £4.8m received 2013/14. The Council has forecasted for this grant funding to drop to £196,000 by 2019/20.

Speaking at the meeting, Barbara Cannon Executive Member with responsibility for Corporate Resources said: “As ever this administration has recognised that going forward we must consider other ways to generate income and be self-sufficient."

"As an administration, we have said consistently that we will support out front line services which is what the public have said they wish us to do."

She added: "Our Council Plan is supported in our budget and on our future focus, which is on economic growth to create new businesses and jobs for the benefit of our residents." 

In total the Council needs to address a funding deficit of £3m between 2017/18 to 2019/20. To meet this target it proposes a number of recurring savings totalling £414,000 and self-sufficiency savings of £738,000 in 2017/18 and a further £706,000 in the following year. 

The Council remains committed to its priorities set out in the Council Plan which has a strong emphasis on boosting economic growth, enhancing the area’s town centres, tackling inequality and improving health and wellbeing. Many of the savings are being made through efficiencies in the way the Council provides services and making better use of technology.

The Council’s capital budget continues to invest in Allerdale’s communities. It includes money for Disabled Facilities Grants which covers the cost of adaptations to properties to help people stay living in their own home for longer, continued investment in a new pathway on the Solway Coast as well as support for the Kirkgate Theatre in Cockermouth. The capital budget also includes £30k towards improvements to Fleming Square in Maryport, as well as money for a restoration project at Harrington Nature Reserve. The budget also sets out funding for key investment sites at Lillyhall and Reedlands Road in Workington to help boost local business.

Full details on the budget can be found on the Council’s website at: http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ 

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