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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lib Dems set Borough Council Budget for 2016

April 1, 2016 9:10 PM
Council Budget 2016-17

Cllr. Gill Mattock and members of Eastbourne Borough Council

Eastbourne Borough Council has passed its budget for 2016/2017, and highlighted that despite savage cuts by central government there will be no reduction to front line services whilst maintaining investment in key areas.

Eastbourne Borough Council will continue to invest in our area, including the major Devonshire Park Complex and devolved ward budgets.

Cllr. Mattock confirmed the continuation of the Community Grants scheme which will distribute over £260k to a wide range of community groups "At a time when the County Council is cutting these budgets, it is important that we continue to support small community groups in this way. I am proud that our sound financial management has enabled us to keep doing so."

Leader of the Council, David Tutt added "We have ensured stable management and substantial savings, despite a drastic reduction in funds from central government of over £1million. David Cameron's Government continues to take from Local Councils. It is only due to our forward planning which has meant that we have been able to

protect vital frontline services."

Cllr. Mattock added "As a result of these cuts, we have been forced to increase Council Tax after a freeze that lasted 5 years. Thanks to our forward planning though, that rise is only 1.93% - lower than our neighbours. This means for Band D properties, our council tax rise is only £4.32 per year - about 36p a month - compared to a rise of £47.97 imposed by the County Council."

Cllr. Mattock concluded, "I am proud of the innovative way we have coped with austerity. Not only have we revolutionised the way we deliver services, we are making NO cuts to front line services and we are continuing to invest in the future of the town".