South Ribble residents are being asked to give their feedback on a list of proposals for the 2020/2021 budget.
The budget proposals will set out how the Borough Council will deal with the challenges of maintaining and investing in local services.
Residents can click here to give their feedback.
A spokesman for the South Ribble Borough Council said,
“In September 2019, the council launched its new Corporate Plan.
“This is the plan of action the council will take over the next four years to serve our residents and to invest in our communities.
“The Cabinet have set out the budget proposals for 2020/21 and beyond and would like to hear your views on our plans and priorities so that we make the best decisions and spend public money wisely.”
The main headlines of the proposed budget are:
- A proposed increase for each Council Tax band this year of 1.99%. This is an increase of less than £5 per annum or 8p a week (based on Band D). The Council Tax increase will allow the Council to continue to deliver services to residents in the wake of more possible Government cuts to funding
- Initiatives to ease the financial burden on residents, including reduction in Garden Waste charges, changes to the Council Tax support scheme and the establishment of a Credit Union. We anticipate that more than half of residents will see their tax burden reduced in the year 2020/21.
- Increased financial support to Citizen’s Advice – working with partner advice services to co-locate at the Civic Centre a hub of advice and support services for residents where they can access face to face services.
- Affordable Housing – the council will create and manage a new Extra Care scheme and to deliver and manage affordable housing.
- Green Space improvements including upgrades to parks and playgrounds.
- Local Community Asset investment and improvements including Worden Hall and local leisure centres.
- Increased and enhanced community involvement including youth initiatives.
- Improvements to resident’s health and wellbeing though working to tackle crime and disorder.
- Various climate change initiatives – working towards our aim of being Carbon Neutral by 2030. This includes planting 110,000 trees, adopting a no single use plastic policy and investing in eco and electric vehicles for our fleet.
- Investment in the Town Centres including the proposed regeneration in Leyland and Penwortham.
- Funded Initiatives which support new and small businesses and provide opportunities for people to get the jobs they want.
- Exploring opportunities for efficiency savings and income generation, including the extension of Shared Services with Chorley Council, whilst maintaining and improving services to residents.
Your feedback is important to us and will inform the final decison to be made by Council on 26th February 2020.