Council Agrees Draft Budget For Consultation

THE VINE MAGAZINE - LOCAL NEWS: 2019 Budget Consultation - Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has approved its draft budget for consultation and called on everyone who lives and works in Central Bedfordshire to have their say on proposals to invest some £196million on public services.

Council Agrees Draft Budget For Consultation

Council Agrees Draft Budget For Consultation

 

Council Agrees Draft Budget For Consultation

 

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Today (8th January) the Council’s Executive approved its draft budget for consultation and called on everyone who lives and works in Central Bedfordshire to have their say on proposals to invest some £196million on public services next year.

These services include those that are available to everyone, such as bin collections, leisure centres, libraries, parks and open spaces. More specialist services are also provided by the Council which include child protection and support for vulnerable adults.

Maintaining these services has been challenging, particularly as the demand is increasing and national funding has reduced with our Revenue Support Grant reducing from £43million to zero this year.

Despite this, Central Bedfordshire has managed to keep its community services running without closing facilities like libraries and leisure centres and also increasing investment in roads and other services.

In endorsing the budget at Executive today, Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources said: “Value for money continues to be at the heart of our thinking at Central Bedfordshire.  We have a strong track record in delivering savings and we suggest a range of proposals to make us ever more efficient in this budget”

“In total, the Council is looking to reduce its expenditure by £14.8million through measures such as reducing the number of buildings it works from, making more services available online and improving its procurement and commissioning of services from external companies.

“The budget also proposes a Council Tax increase of 1% which would mean a 29p weekly increase for an average household (Band D) in our area. This less than half the current rate of inflation.

“We’re asking the public their views on this and to indicate where they would like to see further investment with options including enhanced community resilience, recreational and social care services.

“We have a successful track record of delivering major investments like new roads, leisure centres and independent living schemes and the budget includes proposals for much more like the providing new school places, the new M1/A6 link road and improving the A421, road maintenance and integrated health and care hubs in Dunstable and Biggleswade.

“Last year we received more than 1,500 responses to our budget consultation.  We listen carefully to what local people tell us about their priorities and I hope we can continue to encourage this feedback.”

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To have your say on the council’s spending plans, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2019, or pick up a paper copy of the consultation summary and questionnaire at council offices in Dunstable and Chicksands or one of our libraries.

The closing date is 5pm, 29th January 2019.

Councillors then consider all responses before the final budget is approved by Council at a meeting on 21st February 2019.


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Council Agrees Draft Budget For Consultation

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