of cutbacks across Somerset to be debated by County Council
of pounds worth of budget cuts across Somerset, including the
Burnham-On-Sea area, are set to be considered by the County Councils
Cabinet next week.
authority says it is considering its first Council Tax increase
for six years as well as savings to help balance its budget in
the face of falling Government funding and increased demand for
cuts for 2016/17 going before Cabinet on February 8th total £7.8m
and include approximately 90 posts to be lost from various parts
of the council; a £200,000 reduction in costs through changes
in library services; a £500,000 reduction in subsidies for
bus services; a £762,000 reduction in funding for Pathways
for Adults (P4A Services); plus £136,000 of extra savings
from the Somerset waste Partnership Board.
most recent funding settlement confirmed the continued reduction
of Government funding for Somerset, with a further £20m
being removed for 2016/17. At the same time, the settlement gave
permission for the county to raise an additional 2 per cent Council
Tax to fund Adult Social Care.
2 per cent rise would see band D households pay an extra £20
a year towards caring for Somersets elderly population.
comes as the Council considers a 1.99 per cent increase to Council
Tax for other essential services, making its share of Council
Tax bills rise by 3.99 per cent in total. If agreed, the two rises
would be the first increases in the Councils share of Council
Tax for six years and add around £40 a year to bills.
year there's also a proposal for an additional 1.25 per cent increase
to the County Council element of council tax, on behalf of the
Somerset Rivers Authority. This would fund the flood prevention
work of the SRA which has received no central Government funding
County Councils Cabinet meets on 8th February and will decide
whether to recommend the budget proposals, which also include
savings of around £8m, to Full Council which meets on 17th
is a truly challenging budget," Councillor Harvey Siggs,
Cabinet Member with responsibility for Resources, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
in funding have been drastic while demand increases and factors
like inflation and the introduction of the national living wage
also have to be met."
would still have one of the lowest Council Tax levels in the country,
but our element of Council Tax would go up by around £52
a year for the average household, including around £12 for
the SRA. I know thats not easy for many hard-working families,
but it does mean less than £1 per week extra to protect
some incredibly important services at a time of unprecedented
pressure on our resources."
are prioritising services for the vulnerable, added Leader
of the Council, John Osman. "And with more than £100m
taken from our budget over the last five years, very difficult
decisions have to be made and will be being made by local authorities
across the country."
will continue to lobby for fairer funding for Somerset, pushing
for a funding formula that properly takes account of the challenges
and costs of providing services in a rural county like ours."
information about the Councils Fairer Funding for Somerset
campaign and to sign the petition here.