Cheshire West and Chester Budget Approved

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Cheshire West and Chester Councillors on Thursday 25th February backed a four-year plan to bridge a £57.2m funding gap while protecting the services most valued by residents.

During a three-hour Full Council meeting Members ratified a budget for 2016/17 and endorsed a four-year spending programme in line with the Council's newly-adopted Plan.

A recommended 3.99pc Council Tax rise — comprising a 1.99 percent general increase and an additional two percent increase for adult social care — was also approved. The decision means the standard Band D Council Tax rate for 2016/17 will be £1,326.11, a rise of approximately £1 per week.

There were also proposals to reduce Members' Budgets from £10,000 to £5,000 and to end the discretionary payment of 20 percent of the New Homes Bonus to parish and town councils.

The budget was supported by 38 votes to four, with two abstentions. The Council Tax setting was supported by 38 votes to one.The majority of Opposition Members left the Council Chamber during the budget debate in protest over a procedural matter and were not present for voting on the budget and Council Tax.

Ed:"The reduction in Member's Budgets and retention of the New Homes Bonus will hit local organisations who rely on the generosity of the Borough Councillors and the Parish Council to fund events within the village!"

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