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Workington,
Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ

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Have your say on the Council’s budget for 2017/18

19 December 2016

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

Every year the Council has to deliver a balanced budget and with grant income from central government declining year on year it is becoming increasingly difficult to do this and maintain the level of services people have come to expect. 

The Council's overall budget for 2016/17 was £16.5m. Around 70% of this comes from Business Rates and Council Tax, with 22% from government grants. The income from these grants is shrinking from £5.3m in 2013/14 to £3.6m in 2016/17. To address this drop in government grants the Council has to make savings of some £3.55m over the four years from 2015/16 to 2018/19. This includes savings of £1.7m during 2017/18.  

To meet this challenge the Council has devised a self-sufficiency plan. This includes making best use of its assets and encouraging investment and business growth, introducing more efficient and smarter ways of working, and reviewing charges for some services. 

The two main proposals that the Council is consulting on are: 

  • Increasing the portion of the Council Tax which goes to pay for services provided by the Council by 1.9%. This will add just over £3 to the annual charge for an average Band D property (or about 6p a week). 
  • Increasing fees and charges in line with the Retail Prices Index. These changes will not apply to charges set nationally by central government or where it is necessary to revise charges to ensure it complies with statutory requirements governing the amount charged. 

Barbara Cannon, Executive Member with responsibility for Corporate Resources said: "Providing the same level of service on a reduced budget is never easy. However, we've tried again to achieve this as much as possible whilst also keeping increases to the Council Tax and other charges at a minimum. I'd encourage anyone, who has a view to take the opportunity to respond to our consultation." 

Responses can be made online via the Council's website at www.allerdale.gov.uk/consultation. Copies are also available from the Council's offices and by contacting the Policy team on 0303 123 1702. The deadline for responses is 31 January 2017. 

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