Carlisle City Council set its budget for 2016/2017 last night (Tuesday, 2 February 2016) at a Special Full Council meeting.
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Colin Glover proposed the Executive’s budget. It was seconded by Councillor Les Tickner, Portfolio holder for Finance, Governance and Resources. The Council needs to make savings of £3,475,000 between 2016/17 and 2018/19. The council has successfully achieved/identified £7m in transformational savings since 2010/11.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Colin Glover, said: “Continued reductions in funding, most notably the £2million further reduction in Government grant, mean that we have had to make some tough decisions when setting our budget. Listening Council events earlier this year helped us to focus on the priorities that are important to local people and we will do whatever we can to protect front line services and invest in the future of Carlisle as a vibrant and growing city.”
Councillor Les Tickner, Portfolio holder for Finance, Governance and Resources, added: “We have to make substantial savings and whilst funding for the future remains uncertain, we will continue to work with our partners to deliver our priorities for the city. We remain committed to improving the local environment, addressing housing needs, developing new leisure facilities and supporting business growth and skills development, all important for a confident future for the people of Carlisle.”
As part of the 2016/17 budget, the following has been agreed:
- Freezing car parking charges for the fifth year running. Plus, some car park charges have reduced including a 50% decrease for an all day charge in Town Dyke Orchard from £10 to £5;
- Capital funding for essential council assets such as a new refuse fleet to improve service delivery;
- Maintaining a commitment to invest in new leisure facilities;
- Maintaining full Council Tax Reduction Scheme support to low income households;
- Modernising the council’s ICT infrastructure to enable longer term savings to be made;
- Significant investment in development of Durranhill Industrial Estate in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership;
- Small Community Projects - each City Councillor will receive £1,000 to spend on local community projects in their ward.
- Increase Council Tax (City Council portion) by 1.95% for 2016/17. The first increase for seven years. This equates for a Band D property to one pence, per day, for the whole household.