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Council tax to increase as services cut in Wrexham

Published date: 10 January 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COUNCIL tax rise of by 2.75 per cent is to be faced by householders in and around Wrexham.

The figure was revealed as part of Wrexham Council’s revenue budget discussions for 2013-14.

The budget for the financial year starting in April has been slashed by £3.2 million.

The cuts form part of a drive by the local authority to save £30m over the next five years.

Veteran councillor Malcolm King, lead member for finance, presented the proposed budget to council bosses at an executive board meeting at the Guildhall in Wrexham.

He said the council tax rise was less than the three per cent originally proposed when the budget was under consultation.

An average band D property will be set to pay £939 for the year, with £49m expected to be raised in council tax in total. Wrexham Council’s total expenditure is expected to be £229m.

Areas facing cuts include the community wellbeing and development department and corporate and customer services, which both see their budget reduced by 2.7 per cent on last year. The council’s finance department also faces a reduction of 2.2 per cent.

Included are a total of £100,000 planned savings from a review of leisure, library and community centre services, plus £50,000 from a libraries commissioning review.

Across the three departments £262,000 savings are expected to be made in administration and staff or management reviews.

The sum of £38,000 is also expected to be saved switching computer systems.

But, said Cllr King, schools and adult social care budgets had been protected.

The schools budget has risen by 2.7 per cent and includes setting aside resources for increasing pupil sizes.

The adult social care budget had increased by 2.08 per cent.

Labour Cllr King said the budget not only set the financial foundation for next year’s work, but would also years to come, with budgets already under construction for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

He said the process was ongoing, with more cuts to be made in future years.
Councillors accepted the budget proposals with little discussion and the final budget will be approved at full council in February.

l A third year freeze of council tax rises in England does not apply in Wales and council tax levels in North East Wales have gone up each year for a number of years.

The Welsh Government prefers instead to keep money handed to it by the Westminster government for the purpose of freezing council tax levels.

The cash is then used to maintain and improve Welsh public services.

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  1. Posted by: Mr.Gobbi at 10:25 on 10 January 2013 Report

    The majority of us are having to tighten our belts due to the present govt's policies and many are on fixed incomes, and here we have another hit to our pockets with the added bonus of further cuts to services whilst increasing salaries of the most senior officers and downsizing its staffing levels and let us not forget the police precept (new police commissioner £70,000+,chief exec £75,000+,chief finance officer £60,000+ and a communications officer £28,000+).

  2. Posted by: oneof150 at 11:47 on 10 January 2013 Report

    Well well well !! did I not read the other day that the leader of the Council is having an £8000 wage rise ..... Ah Well !!!

  3. Posted by: welshchik at 12:27 on 10 January 2013 Report

    Good god all i seem to read lately is rise rise rise,when is it going to stop,people are living on the bread-line as it is,everthing is going up but our wages aren't.

  4. Posted by: truth hurts at 18:21 on 10 January 2013 Report

    Would that be Councillor King who lives in Ruthin and doesn't pay Wrexham's Council Tax? So Councillor King who simply takes takes and takes out of Wrexham's pot, tells us how much we should be putting in to it. Who are these idiots that keep voting for him?

  5. Posted by: gareth ruabon at 20:23 on 10 January 2013 Report

    Enough is enough! Authority is being run like a circus....why not complete the farce and paint the Guildhall red and white....why not let WCBC save money by stripping out comedy pay rises for Leaders, reviews led by Chiefs with only their own agendas and extensive consultation that ends up with no results....hold your head in shame!!!

  6. Posted by: liberty1 at 21:46 on 10 January 2013 Report

    Mr G has summed up the whole farce. The only solution I can see is for people to get out on the streets and let our feelings be known but sadly that is not the British way, we allow ourselfs to be downtrodden and fall for the Tory propaganda ending up fighting amongst ourselfs.

  7. Posted by: Y Ffin at 21:51 on 10 January 2013 Report

    It would be interesting to know how the Welsh Government spends the money it has top-sliced off the block grant from London. Come on, AMs, hold Carwyn and team to account!!

  8. Posted by: sandrobe2001 at 00:32 on 12 January 2013 Report

    WCBC should have curtailed its lavish spending LONG AGO. I agree with 'Liberty1' that it's time people went out on the streets to let the Council know we WILL NOT BE DOWNTRODDEN and WILL NOT MEEKLY SWALLOW TORY PROPAGANDA FROM LONDON. Increase Rents and Council Tax, while cutting Services, WILL NOT WASH!

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