Council to consult on pre-budget report which assumes 2.99% Council Tax increase

Cheshire East Council has published its Pre-Budget Consultation Report for 2019 to 2022 which sets out proposals on the council's financial plans as to how services will be delivered for the period from April 1 2019 through to March 31 2020.

To overcome the reduction in central government funding Council Tax will be increased each year to 2020 and additional income will be generated by creating more households and businesses in the Borough.

The council is inviting the opinions and views from residents, businesses, councillors, staff, town and parish councils, local community groups and other stakeholders on the proposals in the consultation document which assume Council Tax will increase by up to 2.99% in 2019/20.

The feedback received will be used to inform the budget-setting process.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communications, said: "In response to the difficult ongoing national funding situation and demographic change, the council is firmly committed to protecting the delivery of essential frontline services for children and families, adult social care and for our most vulnerable residents.

"But we must also look at our priorities and where we can make savings and operate more efficiently. This might mean that some existing services provided will be reduced or delivered in a different way in the future.

"We are fortunate here in Cheshire East that the local economy is strong and growing. We have to ensure communities feel the benefit of that economic growth for the longer term and that is why we are working for a brighter future together with our residents and partners."

To have your say, go to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/budget.

The consultation runs until 14 December and findings will be considered before the final budget is agreed by full council on 21 February 2019.

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Tony Haluradivth
Monday 22nd October 2018 at 8:44 pm
Here comes Paul Bates (the man who conveniently forgets the final figures) and his merry band shaking their tins/beghing bowls at us for their boosted handouts. It would be less painful if our Council wete not run by such a "shower". We had a massive painful hike last year to help pay all these folk "under investigation" for their generous gardening leave. They will then resign (as have all the others before them) at the final hour..thus maintaining the air of secrecy, paranoia and sclerosis afflicting CEC. Can I remind the Conervatives in the cabinet reading this...you are ALL up for election on May 2nd next year so don't rest on your wilting laurels will you.

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