Published Thursday, 26 January 2017
There are 10 days left until the deadline for comments and feedback on Telford & Wrekin Council’s 2017/18 budget proposals.
The aim of this budget is to continue to deliver a borough to be proud of where residents are healthier, feel safer and want to develop more skills to get better jobs.
The Council also wants to help make the borough cleaner, more prosperous and to continue to develop excellent transport links.
The Council is determined to achieve all of this despite continuing government cuts, with £96m already saved from the council’s budget and a further £25-30m to save by 2019.
The budget proposals seek to make savings in ways that protect frontline services as far as possible and, where services to the public are affected, to do this in as compassionate a way as possible.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s budget consultation runs until February 5 and seeks residents views on two options for council tax increases for the next three years.
Councillor Lee Carter. Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance, Partnerships and Commercial Services, said: “We have already had plenty of feedback and comments from residents and they still have until February 5 to give us their views.
“I would encourage everyone to do our online budget survey and give us feedback on how much they think we should increase Council Tax by.”
Residents are being asked whether they want the Council to apply the option the Government has given to councils to introduce the assumed adult social care precept more quickly.
The Council has planned to apply this 2% increase each year over the next three years together with a 1.2% increase for other services.
However, the Government have said that it could now apply this increase earlier in just two years instead of three.
This would give a 4.2% increase in Council Tax over the next two years and then a 1.2% increase in the third year. This would provide a one off benefit of £1.8m for adult social care. The alternative is to increase at a total rate of 3.2% for each of the next three years.
Residents can give their views in an online budget survey at www.telford.gov.uk/budget
Copies of this are also available at the Council’s First Point facilities at Madeley and Newport Libraries as well as Southwater and Wellington Libraries.