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Allerdale Borough Council,
Allerdale House,
Workington,
Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ

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Give your views on Council’s plans

7 January 2014

Time is running out to give your views on Allerdale Borough Council’s Council Plan and 2015/16 budget.

Two consultations are underway to find out what matters most to the people who live and work in the borough to help set the authority’s priorities. The deadline for comments on both surveys is Friday 23 January 2015.

The budget survey proposes an increase in Council Tax which would protect frontline services such as street cleaning, bin collections, recycling and grass cutting. The Council Plan survey will focus on the key priorities surrounding economic development, poverty, town centres, sports arts and leisure, as well as making the Council itself more sustainable and businesslike.

The Council is obliged to set a balanced budget every year and is facing ever more pressures on its finances. Difficult decisions need to be made, which is why the Council is consulting on those proposals which have a direct impact on our customers and front-line services. The proposals include:

  • To make savings and increase income through waste management processes
  • To use £500k from the Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) Social Investment Fund to support new economic development
  • To support the vibrancy and sustainability of our seven main towns by continuing to provide them each with £10,000 for improvements and events, funded from our reserves
  • To review our provision of toilets and other facilities - turning our focus on quality, rather than quantity. By rationalising services we propose to save £75k. We would still continue to provide toilets, but in fewer locations.
  • To increase the amount of council tax which goes to Allerdale by 1.9%, rather than accept the ‘freeze grants’ offered by central government which we believe would have an adverse long-term effect on the Council’s finances. Such a rise would on average increase a Band A bill by £1.94 a year, and a Band D bill by £2.92 a year.

Councillors will be asked to make decisions about the Council Plan and budget in February. To play your part in the surveys, search ‘consultation’ on the Council website http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ and follow the links.

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Allerdale Borough Council
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CA14 3YJ