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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Meeting the budget challenge: have your say

Now is the time for residents, organisations and businesses to have their say on West Lancashire Borough Council’s policy options for savings, efficiencies and increases in income.

The main options on which views are sought include:

  • Introducing a £30 annual charge for seasonal collection of garden waste. Householders could also choose to have an extra green bin emptied, for an additional annual cost of £25.  This is expected to raise around £500,000. 
  • Reducing grants to parish councils, saving a total of up to £33,000.
  • Rationalisation of dog waste and litter bins and move to dual waste bins. This will save around £28,000.
  • Replacing the Mayor’s Civic Dinner with a Charity Ball, to save £4,000, along with other specific savings on civic budgets totalling a further £6,000.
  • Restructuring the building control service to save £42,000.
  • Renegotiation of the shared services contract for revenues, benefits and ICT to save £42,000 initially, and more in future years.

The options, totalling around £700,000, have been put forward to help the Council meet a budget gap for 2016/17 of £1.26 million.  Savings totalling around £560,000 have already been identified through a range of measures including efficiencies and automation, and providing more services online.

Cllr Chris Wynn, Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:

“Over the last four years the Council has had to make savings of around 30%, and there are further financial challenges ahead. Like most councils in the country, we need to continue to reduce spending and increase income. We are keen to minimise the impact on local people and I urge local organisations and individual residents to take part in the consultation so we can take their views into account before final decisions are made.”

How to give views:

  • Visit your views and complete the online survey. There are separate surveys for individual residents and for organisations/businesses.
  • Visit your views on facebook.com/WLBCyourviews (external link). Comments can also be submitted by letter or email and paper copies of surveys can be provided on request.

The closing date for consultation is 10 January 2016. Final decisions will be made at Council in February 2016.


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