February 23, 2017
Council boss vows not to cut services in Burnham area as budget is set

Sedgemoor Distict Council leader Duncan McGinty has this week vowed there will be no cuts to services in the Burnham-On-Sea area as his council set a balanced budget for the coming year.

"We don't have show-stopping headlines of cutbacks or doom and gloom - what we do have is a balanced budget, focussing on the positives and plans for the future," said the leader, pictured here.

He was speaking at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday (22nd February), where members voted to approve the Council Tax and Housing Rents for 2017/2018.

The decision to set a balanced budget comes despite reductions in the council's grant funding from central Government.

Cllr McGinty added that the council "has made savings of £340,000 last year and will make a further £230,000 in 2017/2018" but the council vowed there will be no cuts to services.

"We are following our long-term plan by the managed use of balances, as agreed by Full Council five years ago," he added.

Council tax bills in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will increase by 3.4%, which is an additional £5 per year on a Band D property - or 9p per week.

The council also agreed to a 1.25% charge for the Somerset Rivers Authority whcih equates to £1.80 per year on a Band D property.

"Over the past year, members have taken prudent, forward-thinking decisions that maintain and improve services and save money."

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