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Consultation begins on budget proposals
consultation has begun which allows residents to have a say on
detailed budget proposals put forward by Scarborough Borough
A reduction in Government grant funding has
forced the council to look at cutting more than £2 million from the
budget in the next financial year alone.
However, the proposals for 2011/12, which
will be approved by Full Council in February, will see front line
services protected and popular measures suggested by residents in
the Local Area Budget Survey last year, adopted by the council.
Almost 1,500 responses to the survey were
received by the council, with the local authority determined to
show the link between what people asked for and the final proposals
put forward this week.
Strategic Director Hilary Jones said: “Cuts
in government funding have meant that this year has been
exceptionally tough for all councils across the country and we are
“Difficult decisions are needed to bridge
the gap between the level of government grants, the increases in
the cost of services and additional duties placed on us.
“However, I believe the proposals that have
been put forward are fair and minimise the impact as much as
possible on services for residents and our staff. They also reflect
many of the views expressed by residents who took part in the Local
Area Budget Survey.
“We would now like to hear what residents
think of the final budget proposals we are now putting
The proposals set out by the council for
the 2011 to 2012 year include:
- A proposed revenue budget for 2011/12 of
- A draw from General Fund Reserves of £250k
- A proposed increase in the recommended
level of the General Fund Reserve range from £1.5-£2m to £2m-£2.5m,
reflecting the additional risk in future year budgets following
cuts in grant funding
- Proposed efficiency and savings proposals
- No proposals to cut front line
- Additional ongoing investment in priority
areas of £403,550 despite significant cuts in government grant
- One off investment (in 2011/12 only)
- A proposed Council Tax freeze
- Proposed capital expenditure of £925,000
for new schemes, a further £1.8 million for Invest to Save schemes,
£579,000 for vehicle and equipment replacement and £378,000 for IT
There a number of ways in which residents
can find out more information about these proposals and also give
feedback to the council on what they think should be the council’s