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Budget Consultation 2015/2016

The council's consultation for the 2015/16 budget closed on 20 January 2015. Thank you to all who responded.

Cumbria County Council, at a meeting of its Full Council on 19 February, agreed a budget for 2015/16 which battles to protect frontline services in spite of the need to make savings of £ 84 million over the coming three years.

From April 2018 the council will no longer receive Revenue Support Grant from Government. Its main income will come from council tax, business rates and fees and charges.

The council is delivering £ 32.6m in savings in 2015/16  on top of the £ 127m already being delivered since 2011. But the council will need to have saved £ 211m by 2018, so still has some way to go to reach that target. So far the council has identified a further £ 18.6m in savings for 2016 -2018, but still needs to find £ 33m of currently unidentified savings.

To mitigate the impact of cuts Council has agreed a 1.99% increase in council tax from April 2015. This is the first time in five years that the county council's share of council tax will have increased. On a Band D property, the increase in the council's share of council tax would equate to an extra 44 pence per week per household.

Around 80% of the savings  identified this year are internal, with only 20% outfacing. Around 1,800 council jobs are expected to be lost over the next three years and by 2018 the council will be roughly half the size it was at the start of the decade.

The increase in council tax was supported by more than two-thirds (68%) of the 624 respondents to the council's budget consultation. It  means the following changes for council tax bands:

 

Cumbria County Council`s council tax share
Council Tax Levels
Band A (up to £ 40,000) £ 789.74
Band B ( £ 40,001 to £ 52,000) £ 921.36
Band C ( £ 52,001 to £ 68,000) £ 1,052.99
Band D ( £ 68,001 to £ 88,000) £ 1,184.61
Band E ( £ 88,001 to £ 120,000) £ 1,447.86
Band F ( £ 120,001 to £ 160,000) £ 1,711.10
Band G ( £ 160,001 to £ 320,000) £ 1,974.35
Band H ( £ 320,001 and over) £ 2,369.22