by mikebell on 30 December, 2017
Liberal Democrat Councillors on North Somerset Council have proposed budget ideas for next year that will protect services for children and young people, keep council tax bills low for poorer families and cut the cost of parking in Weston.
North Somerset Council will consider its budget for 2018-2019 at a series of meetings in January and February. The Conservative administration that runs the council is proposing to make a number of cuts to local services including Children’s Centres, supported housing and Book Start. Conservatives also plan to increase the council tax bills for low income households and increase parking charges in Weston, including charging on-street in the town centre on a Sunday and before 9am.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Mike Bell, said: “The budget challenge facing the council is considerable, and some difficult choices have to be made. We believe the council should listen to residents and protect the things that people value the most. We have proposed a number of new savings to balance the council budget, whilst reversing the worst of the cuts planned and delivering some fairer parking for Weston town centre.
“We urge Conservative Councillors to consider our ideas and to think again about the unfair parking charge hikes, cuts to children’s services and decision to clobber low income households. The budget is about choices and they can and should make a different choice.”
Liberal Democrat proposals include:
The Liberal Democrat alternative budget proposes a number of savings ideas and ways to increase income in order to plug the council’s £1.94 million budget gap and fund new policy ideas. These include: