Budget gets the go ahead

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson
Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson

A WYRE Council budget described as offering “more for less” with a freeze in council tax and no cuts to front line services has been given the green light.

The council has made savings behind the scenes, leaving residents paying less than £3.50 a week for services and facilities delivered by the Tory-led authority.

Councillors passed the budget with none of the amendments put forward by the opposition, who voted against it.

Residents living in average Band D properties will pay £180.16 to Wyre.

Last year’s total Band D bill was £1,498, which includes contributions to Lancashire County Council, the police and fire service.

Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson said: “Despite one of the toughest settlements I can remember, Wyre residents can take some comfort from the fact their council’s finances are relatively healthy. “I’m very pleased we are able to protect front line services and present a capital programme of improvements of just under £5m – all with no increase in council tax.

“As well as making efficiency savings across the council, we have built up our reserves so that we can invest in capital schemes avoiding any reckless borrowing. Preparation has been key.

“A recent senior management restructure has saved us £312,000 a year and we intend to continue in the same vein by delivering better services at a lower cost.”

But Coun Ron Shewan, a member of Wyre’s Labour group, said: “We voted against the budget proposal. It’s Government inspired, the cuts are Tory Government inspired – it’s wrong. We couldn’t accept it.”