The Budget: Council Tax Hikes Are weeks away From hitting BANES #Will_BeFebruary 12, 2019
Leader Tim Warren said Bath and North East Somerset Council was doing well in difficult circumstances and caring for the most vulnerable in society but there was “no magic wand” to conjure up more funding.
Finance chief Councillor Charles Gerrish said the budget for 2019/20 addresses the challenges faced by the authority, with more funding for social care, extra investment in transport and housing, and protection of frontline services.
“It’s not the Government’s fault that you’ve chosen over the last four years to waste large sums of money on ill-conceived schemes, like the east of Bath park and ride, or fighting all and sundry as you attempt to kill off Bath Central Library.
Cllr Richard Samuel said government had failed to deal with funding pressures, particularly on social care, and had shifted the burden onto local authorities.
(Image: Richard Samuel)B&NES Council needs to save £8.9million next year, after cutting £72.4million over the last six years.
The budget for 2019/20 proposes a 2.95 per cent increase in council tax, plus another one per cent that will be ring-fenced for adult social care services.
“I present a budget that meets the challenges we face, with more funding for social care, extra investment in transport and housing, and protection of frontline services.
“The budget responds to the challenges we face by increasing funding to adult and children’s care by £1.5million, in addition to the targeted funding.
Read More Cllr Warren said: “Austerity started in 2010 with the coalition government.
“On the park and ride, we did spend money, no we won’t build one on the meadows.