Wyre balances the budget

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WYRE councillors are set to determine the council’s budget and Council Tax for the coming year.

Figures published last week show a balanced budget even though the council intends to freeze Council Tax for the second year running and has avoided any cuts to frontline services.

Despite a reduction of £974,000 in government funding for 2012/13, coupled with a loss of £1.3m the year before, Wyre has balanced the books through efficiency savings and prudent financial management.

Coun Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council said: “I’m delighted that we are able to freeze council tax again and pass this saving on to residents, as not all local authorities are in a position to do this.

“We’ve worked hard behind the scenes to make savings and protect frontline services. This has been achieved by adapting the way we operate. A review of our organisational structures saved £1.7m and a new waste management contract, due to begin in April, will save us £1.3m.

“We are continuing to review how we deliver services and identify savings that can be made.

“Work has recently started on a new purpose built operational depot for a number of council services.

“Bringing these all under one roof will deliver further efficiencies.

“We also intend to maximise the use of our assets and will be looking at the best ways of doing this.

“We have planned ahead and provided for future commitments which means that our long term financial projections are stable.”

Wyre’s Cabinet will discuss the proposed budget at a meeting today, Wednesday, before it goes to Full Council on March 1 for final consideration.

To view the budget report visit www.wyre.gov.uk/budget.