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Gloucester City Council has set its budget for 2016/17, including no changes to the cost of garden waste collection, car parking charges being frozen and a £3.8million injection from the New Home Bonus.

The agreed budget will be £15.7m and it outlines how £600,000 savings will be made over the next financial year while continuing to protect front line service.

Following a public consultation, which showed that the majority of residents were prepared to see a small increase to council tax in order to protect vital services, it was agreed that a 2.77% rise in council tax would be introduced –  the first rise in six years. This would be a £5 per year increase for band D properties in 2016/17, less than 10p per week

At the meeting it was agreed that:

  • There will be no changes to garden waste collection charges
  • Car parking prices will remain the same
  • The council will continue to protect frontline services
  • Generating and attracting external funding will remain important

Contributing to Gloucester City Council’s budget for 2016/17 is a £3.8million cash injection from the New Homes Bonus. This bonus is in recognition of the new houses that have been built in the city over the past year.

Despite the savings that need to be made over the next year, the council is still committed to delivering its priorities.  Protecting frontline services and realising savings remain top of the agenda.

The council aims to do this by continuing to work with other councils and partners to see where services can be shared, taking advantages of opportunities for income generation where they exist and becoming even more efficient.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Over the last six years we have made cumulative savings of £10million and delivering such savings is still essential to balance the budget, but so is looking at more ways to generate revenue – whether that is from enhancing our assets, delivering more homes or building our business rate base.

“We will work actively to deliver greater prosperity for the city and enhanced income for the council to support services for our residents. This is a budget which works within the resources available to deliver our ambitions for the city and which delivers savings but protects frontline services”

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