Thursday, February 24, 2005
LOWEST COUNCIL TAX RISE EVER - EXTRA MONEY FOR KEY SERVICES
In the recent budget announcement, we were pleased to announce the following:
- A 3.69% rise in Council Tax – the lowest ever increase in the history of Neath Port Talbot
- Investing an extra £1.5m in frontline services such as roads, pavements, street lighting and street cleansing
- £4.7m extra for education
- £4.7m more for social services
- Funding for key projects
Eighty one per cent of our funding comes from a grant from the Welsh Assembly. Therefore, the key to this excellent budget was the lobbying of the Assembly by the Labour Group. This lobbying resulted in the Council being awarded over £2 million in additional funding.
Another key element in delivering this first-rate budget has been the savings strategy introduced by the Labour administration. Part of this was the restructuring of departments, which will save over £1 million in the next three years and £600k per year after that.
We will continue to argue to get the best grant settlement for Neath Port Talbot and to make efficiency savings wherever possible.
Labour in Neath Port Talbot
Keeping Council Tax rises down
Funding better services