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Budget proposals to be reviewed by Executive

Published: Monday, 5th February 2018

Pendle’s Executive councillors will discuss the Council’s current financial position at a special budget meeting on Wednesday (7th February).

They will again be reminded of the seriousness of the Council’s forecast financial position and that difficult decisions have got to be made.

In 2018/19 the Council needs to make further ongoing savings of £511,000 in addition to the savings of £610,000 already made in next year’s budget.

Further savings of around £1.9m also have to be made by 2020/21.

At the meeting councillors will receive more detail about the financial forecasts and options from the Council’s Management Team.

This includes recommending an increase in Pendle Council’s share of the council tax by 2.99%.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “We’ll continue to do all we can to protect investment in the services which matter most to our residents and businesses.

“At our Executive meeting we’ll have a look at the options being put forward by Management Team.

“I stress they are just Management Team’s proposals at this stage and no decisions have been taken.

“The budget will be set by councillors so we’re not obliged to accept any of the proposals.”

Councillor Tony Greaves, Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, oversees the Council’s finances.

He added: “The government is again reducing our grants and district councils, like ours, are among the worst hit.

“We’ve been looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, and so far we’ve done so with very little impact on services.

“But we’re now very close to being forced to stop doing some important things.

“The position is getting desperate but we’ll continue to do our best for everyone in Pendle.”

The full budget report is available from www.pendle.gov.uk/council  

The Council’s budget and Council Tax will be formally agreed at the Council meeting on Thursday 22nd February 2018.