Pay Apply Report

New budget underpins value-for-money services

26 February 2019

Frontline services will be protected and investment in key projects will continue after we approved our budget plans for 2019/20.

Councillors backed the budget proposals and set next year’s Council Tax at a meeting of the Full Council.

They agreed an increase of 2.6% in our part of the Council Tax bill, equivalent to an extra £5 a year on a Band D property.

This is only the fourth time in the past nine years that we have increased our share of the Council Tax bill, which means an average Band D property has seen our portion of Council Tax increase by just 38 pence a week since 2010.

The budget will support the aims laid out in our updated Council Plan, focussing on the key priorities of the economy and culture, housing and communities and health and environment.

The Council Plan reaffirms our ongoing commitment to:

  • Helping deliver 1,000 affordable homes for rent by 2025
  • Delivering continued economic growth
  • Creating the environment for people to thrive
  • Empowering customers and communities
  • Continuing to deliver excellent value-for-money services

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, our Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “This year’s modest increase in Council Tax, which equates to less than 10 pence per week on a Band D property, ensures the council can deliver a balanced budget and not have to rely on reserves for everyday spending.

“It means we can invest in improved services, make the council more efficient and support key projects such as the new Ulverston Leisure Centre, provide loans for affordable housing, create new accommodation for homeless families, invest in improving playgrounds for our children and more.”

Our element is only part of the final Council Tax bill received by residents. The overall bill also includes the demands from Cumbria County Council, Cumbria police and the local parish councils.

A Band D property owner in South Lakeland will pay a Council Tax bill of £1,874. That breaks down as £195 for us, £1,284 for Cumbria County Council and £100 towards the county council’s adult social services, £256 goes to Cumbria police and an average £37.20 to town and parish councils.

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