Final week to have say on council tax and cuts in budget survey
Telford and Wrekin residents have until 7 February to give views on what they think The Council should do with council tax and how it should make £30m of cuts.
The Council’s budget survey at www.telford.gov.uk/budget has already attracted more than 1,500 responses with hundreds more people visiting a range of roadshows across the borough.
It is asking people’s views on a number of options for council tax. The first is to “freeze” council tax and implement the 2% additional charge the Government has assumed councils will add to the Council Tax to raise extra funds ring fenced for adult social care services.
Other options include raising council tax to help lessen cuts to key services by an additional 1.2% or 1.9% (over and above the 2% Government assumed adult services charge).
The budget proposals also include more than £30m of service cuts including the Council no longer running community centres, children’s centre and most of its libraries.
As part of its budget plans, the Council is talking with a range of town and parish councils and community groups to look at ways that they might be able to take on and deliver differently services that the council can no longer afford to run.
People can also have their say at a number of roadshows before the consultation ends. These are at:
• 30 Jan Telford Town Centre, Southwater One 10am - 12pm
• 2 Feb Donnington, Wyevale Garden Centre 11am - 1pm
Wrekin Retail Park, Tesco supermarket foyer 4pm - 6pm
• 3 Feb Madeley, Tesco supermarket foyer 2pm - 4pm
• 4 Feb Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre 10am - 12pm
• 5 Feb Donnington, Asda supermarket foyer 9.30am - 11am
Dawley, Christian Centre, High St 11.45am - 1pm
• 6 Feb Wellington Market 11am - 1pm
Councillor Lee Carter, cabinet member for Finance and Service Delivery, said:
“Given the level of cuts in Government grant, we have no choice but to put forward some very difficult proposals that will undoubtedly affect the community harder than ever.
“I’ve been encouraged by the response we’ve had so far. The community clearly understands why we need to make cuts and that we need their help in making these tough decisions and in providing services in the future.
“So please make sure you fill in the survey online or come to one of the remaining roadshows and have your say.”
The Council’s budget highlights 32 cuts to services with the most significant impact on the public, including:
• No council-run libraries at Dawley, Donnington, Hadley, Madeley, Newport and Stirchley
• No council-run youth clubs
• No council-run community centres
• No council-run markets
• Less Council run children’s centres