We aim to deliver the best possible services within the resources available and, as a public body spending taxpayers' money, we work hard to ensure that the Council gets value for money from its spending.
In 2018-19 we propose to spend a total of £84.206m on providing day to day services for the local community. This spending will be funded by £77.328m of income raised through grants, rents, interest, fees, charges and other sources resulting in a council tax requirement of £6.878m.
The budget that has been set requires an increase in the council tax level of £5.73 for a Band D Property, which is equivalent to a 2.99% increase.
The Council Tax for West Lancashire Borough Council for the average Band D property in 2018-19 will be £197.49 per year or £3.80 a week.
Just over 11% of the Council Tax comes to the Borough Council. The total council tax includes charges from Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire Constabulary. The Council Tax for some areas will also include a parish Council precept.
The bills for 'average' Band D properties (excluding parish council precepts) are set out on our rates and banding page.
The Council has an established Policy Options Framework in place to deal with the financial challenges that it faces over the medium term. A summary of this approach is provided in the Council Efficiency Plan.
The Statement of Accounts shows our financial performance and financial position for the year. These accounts have been prepared in accordance with the regulations that govern our financial affairs and demonstrate the council's stewardship of public funds.
We are committed to protecting public money and have set out an Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy that explains how we will do this.
We are committed to transparency in all our dealings, including how and where taxpayers’ money is spent.