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Council Budget Proposals

Published Thursday, 11th February 2016

At the meeting of the Council on 10th February 2016 Melton Borough Council considered it’s budget for 2016/17, setting out how much money it will receive and how much will be available to spend.

Following the recent funding announcements Melton is looking at a further loss of grant of £933k between 2015/16 and 2019/20 which is a 42% reduction in the main grant the council receives from the government. This is in addition to the previous reductions of £1.9m or 57% over the period 2010/11 to 2015/16.

In order to help rural councils such as Melton manage these future cuts in grant the Government is allowing them to increase their average council tax by a flat rate of £5 a year.Therefore, due to the ongoing funding pressures being faced Melton Borough Council have approved a 2.76% increase in Council Tax for Borough Council purposes in order to support the continued delivery of key services. This is an increase of £5 per annum or just under 10p per week in an average Borough Council Band D property. This also results in a balanced budget showing that the Council has lived within its means.

The cuts in Government funding that have already been announced and the uncertainties around further reductions yet to come as part of the governments approach to balancing the country’s financial deficit have placed Melton Council under significant financial pressure. The Council will be looking at how it can reduce costs further whilst protecting those services the public value as much as possible.

The Leader of the Council, Byron Rhodes, said:
“I was pleased to present the budget proposals to Full Council on 10th February. With the continuation of significant cuts in central government support the borough council is proposing to increase Council Tax in order to ensure key services continue to be delivered. Melton has prided itself on prudent financial management which has enabled the continued delivery of its priorities but this will become increasingly difficult given the future financial pressures the Council will be facing”

For more information please contact:
Dawn Garton
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502 444