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South Lakeland District Council freezes council tax

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Council Tax has been frozen for the fifth year running by South Lakeland District Council as part of its budget for 2015/2016.

Councillors voted to approve the budget last night.

£800,000 worth of savings need to be made over the next year, and the council claims the biggest of these will come from improvements to the efficiency of its own back office.

Rise in Council Tax agreed in Eden District's budget

Eden District Council has agreed its budget Credit: PA

Eden District Council has announced it's agreed its budget.

Council Tax will rise by 1.99% from April, but there are no plans to reduce services in the area.

The tax rise means an increase of £3.61 a year. Residents of an average Band B property will now be charged £185.18 a year.

But are no proposals to reduce services, something the Council says it its proud of:

“Our budget for next year protects our services. This is a tremendous achievement given the major grant reductions we have faced. Our careful financial management has also allowed us to make several important investments."

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson OBE, Eden District Council’s Leader

It says the rise in Tax will be used to fund services such as weekly bin collections, and two leisure centres in Appleby and Penrith.

It also says the budget includes plans to invest £100,000 for its footway lighting programme, and to create a £1million Affordable Housing Fund.

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Council approves budget

Protesters outside the meeting where Councillors agreed the budget. Credit: ITV Border

Unison say they will continue to oppose budget cuts approved by Cumbria County Council today.

Fifty Councillors voted in favour of plans to cut 1,800 jobs and raise council tax by just under 2%.

It's part of a drive to save £83 million after funding cuts from central Government.

Councillors arriving for the meeting were met by protesters from the union.

Protesters call for delay to budget decisions

Protests were held outside Cumbria County Council offices as councillors met to vote on cutting 1,800 jobs, and reducing key services.

Councillors are still debating at the meeting in Kendal, where the council's budget for the next three years will be set.

Central government funding for Cumbria is being cut by £83 million between now and 2018.

Protesters are asking for any final decisions about the cuts to be delayed.

Protesters gather at Council meeting

Protesters have gathered outside Kendal's County Hall Credit: ITV Border

Protestors against cuts to jobs and services have gathered outside Kendal's County Hall today.

Cumbria County Council is meeting there to vote on its budget for the next three years, which includes proposals to cut 1,800 jobs.

Central government funding for Cumbria is being reduced by £83,000,000 between now and 2018.

They are protesting cuts to jobs Credit: ITV Border

Executive recommends Copeland Budget

Copeland Borough Council’s Executive recommended the proposed budget for 2015/16 at their meeting last night.

The Council needs to make savings of £1.484 million, and proposals in the budget include plans to cut Council costs by sharing resources with other councils.

The budget report will now go before full council for approval as part of the Budget meeting on 26 February.

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Council approves Borders budget

Scottish Borders Council has approved the Administration's budget plans.

The Council says public feedback was used to help shape the plans following a consultation that included an online budget simulator where people had the chance to lay out their own spending priorities.

The revenue budget for the next five years is £1.27 billion, and £332 million is being allocated for a 10 year capital programme.

“I am very confident that the long term plans we’re putting in place within this budget stands the Council in good stead for the future despite the ongoing challenges we are faced with.”

– Cllr David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council

Carlisle City Council sets budget

Carlisle City Council set its budget for 2015/2016 at a Special Full Council meeting last night.

The Leader of the Council Colin Glover proposed the Executive’s budget, which was seconded by Councillor Les Tickner.

The council needs to make a saving of £1,211,000 in 2015/16 and £663,000 of this has already been achieved.

The following was agreed in the budget:

  • ·Council tax has been frozen
  • £0.5million for the Harraby School and Community Project
  • · £390,000 for the Old Town Hall and Greenmarket improvements
  • · £20,000 contribution for a proposed Sexual Assault Referral Centre
  • · Car park charges have been frozen and in some cases car parking charges have decreased.
  • · £114,000 has been allocated for the next two years towards the continuation of a rapid response team to keep Carlisle clean.

The council says it has had to make difficult decisions.

“We’ve had to make some tough decisions during the budget process but we have taken steps to protect frontline services.

"Substantial savings are required, but despite spending pressures, we’ve frozen council tax for the second year running and have allocated funding towards schemes that maintain Carlisle as a vibrant city."

– Cllr Colin Glover, Leader of Carlisle City Council
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