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Due to ongoing financial pressure brought on by Government austerity measures and continuing demands on Adult and Children’s Social Care, Council Tax for 2018/19 will rise by 5.99% for Sefton Council services.
The total Council Tax, including Police and Fire services charges, will increase by 5.98% for the coming financial year. Last year Sefton Council agreed on a three-year budget plan to save a further £64m.
At Full Council this evening (March 1), councillors agreed the second year of the budget plan and approved a Council Tax increase in 2018/19 of 2.99% along with a Social Care Council Tax Precept of 3% in 2018/19 making a total of 5.99% for Sefton Council services.
Due to central Government policy, from 2011-17, Sefton Council has faced a funding gap of £169m. From 2017-20 a further £64m of savings was identified to set a balanced budget.
This is a total funding gap of £233m. In total, the Council will have lost 51% of Government funding between 2010 and 2020.;
“Putting it simply, local councils like Sefton have less money to spend on important services because the Government has been giving us less money to support the delivery of local public services every year. This has got to stop.
“Last year we were faced with the challenge of having to find another £64m budget reduction by 2020 and when the Council agreed its three-year budget plan we set out how we would do this. I have to say that the plan is broadly on target to deliver the required outcomes brought about by the unfair cuts imposed on us by this and the previous Government.
“We are now entering the second year of our three-year plan and have refreshed our plan slightly to ensure that we can balance the books.
Councillor Ian Maher, Sefton Council Leader