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Protecting front line services

Published on Thursday, 16th February 2017

The Borough Council has set its budget for 2017/18, putting the protection of existing services as a priority. At a meeting yesterday, Council set the spending priorities for the next year. The agreed general fund budget will be £15.2M requiring savings of £1.4M.

At a meeting yesterday, Council set the spending priorities for the next year. The agreed general fund budget will be £15.2M requiring savings of £1.4M.The savings are required as a result of extreme financial pressures, following the latest reduction in Government grant and inflationary pressures upon the Council. Since 2010/11 the Council has experienced a 60% reduction in Government grant.

In order to protect essential frontline services, Council agreed to a 2.3% rise in council tax for NBBC; this equates to an increase of £5 per year/10p per week for Band D properties. However, as the County Council precept has increased significantly, the overall council tax bill will increase by 3.3%, which is £54.86 per year/£1.06 per week for Band D. Most people in Nuneaton and Bedworth live in Bands A, B and C properties, so will see a smaller increase.

Savings will be achieved in a variety of ways including shared services with partner agencies, the relocation of the Council’s depot, new agile work practices and moving most office staff into the Town Hall. In addition, NABCEL, the Council’s trading arm, has exceeded its income targets.

At the meeting, it was agreed that:

  • there will be no changes to market rents
  • car parking prices will be frozen
  • the Council will continue to protect frontline services
  • generating income and attracting external funding will remain important

Despite the savings that need to be made over the next year, the Council is still committed to delivering its priorities.  Protecting frontline services, whilst cutting costs remains top of the agenda.

Cllr Dennis Harvey, Leader of the Council, said:

"Over the last seven years we have experienced major reductions to our core funding, as the Government grant has been slashed. We have worked hard to secure savings, at the same time protecting vital services. It is essential to balance the budget and I believe that this is a budget that works well within the resources available.

“We are disappointed that we’ve had to increase council tax but unfortunately this cannot be avoided.

“I hope residents will appreciate that the Borough Council is responsible for less than 13% of the total council tax bill and provides of their day to day services.”