Tewkesbury Borough Council sets budget, tackles 7% cut in government handout
BOROUGH Council bosses in Tewkesbury have outlined their latest savings plans as part of next year's budget.
Council tax will be frozen by the authority for the third year running as part of its budget for 2013/14 which will see £1.5million of savings being made.
The aim of the budget, set at £8.5million, is to try and tackle a cut in government hand out of seven per cent. The plans agreed on Thursday will mean residents will continue to pay the same for their council tax, which is £99.36 for a band D property.
Savings will come from generating more money from improved recycling and from increased working with other authorities.
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The council's management structure will also be given a shake up to save some cash.
However, the budget also includes £300,000 for disabled facilities grants and £250,000 to be handed out for community projects. Tewkesbury Borough Council's lead member for finance, Councillor Allen Keyte, said: "We've developed a sensible but innovative budget which takes account of the increased pressures we're facing but also allows us to make significant savings.
"Thanks to careful planning we can also continue to run our funding schemes for communities and businesses.
"It's a difficult time for all councils but we are working extremely hard to ensure our residents can continue to receive our value for money services."