Councillors in Poole will asked be support a sustainable and robust budget that prioritises investment in services for vulnerable people and protects important frontline services.
At a meeting on Tuesday 6 February, Cabinet members agreed to recommend a package of measures to balance the council’s budget for local services in 2018/19. This includes a 2.99% core increase in Council Tax, plus a 3% rise permitted by the government to fund adult social care, which means an overall rise of 5.99%.
The recommended increase in Council Tax is only the third rise in eight years in Poole.
By 2020, government funding for local services in Poole will have reduced by £36m a year compared with 2010. The reduction in government funding coupled with a rising demand for services means the council must find savings of £20.5 million over the next three years.
Cllr May Haines, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance, Borough of Poole, said: "We continue to prioritise our spending where it matters most - on caring for the most vulnerable members of our community – and we remain committed to protecting frontline services as much as we possibly can.