March 9 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Waveney District Council looks set to freeze the portion of its council tax for a fourth consecutive year.
This week the council’s cabinet agreed that residents in Band D properties will continue to pay a total of £147.51 a year for Waveney services during the 12 months to March 2015.
And Tuesday’s cabinet meeting heard a predicted council budget gap of more than £1.7m for 2014/15 has now been closed.
However, a predicted budget gap of £2.34 million looks set for the following financial year, rising to £4.83 million in three years time.
Part of the Conservative-run council’s strategy to address the budget gap has seen cabinet members working closely with senior managers to focus on establishing which services are the greatest priority, and where reductions in service costs can produce savings.
Council leader Colin Law said this approach will continue for the following financial years as government funding is reduced
He said: “I am very pleased that we are able to freeze council tax once more and have still been able to meet and close the budget gap for 2014-15. “The hard work of both councillors and officers has made a real difference and once again, despite huge challenges, I am extremely proud of this council’s financial robustness which has allowed us to hold tax at the same level since April 2010.
“We are guardians of public money and absolutely must make the very best use of the resources available to us to deliver the services our communities need.
By freezing council tax for a fourth consecutive year we are ensuring that an additional burden is not placed on our most vulnerable citizens.
“However, the hard work does not stop here. I shall now be leading meetings with my cabinet colleagues and senior officers to begin addressing the £2 million-plus shortfall for 2015-16.
“This gap will continue to widen as government support to councils is reduced.”
The budget and council tax level will be discussed at full council next month,