Difficult times, difficult choices

Have your say on the future of council funding

Similar to many councils across the country, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has a number of cost pressures. Action has already been taken to make £1.5 million of savings through a combination of service efficiencies and spending reductions. This still leaves £0.5 million to find and the council believes that it has gone as far as it can, without jeopardising the ability of the Council to deliver services effectively.

It is worth remembering that Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have consistently maintained one of the lowest council tax rates in the country. It currently has the 8th lowest, out of 201 district councils in England.

The council will continue to consider further savings and efficiencies but feels that it is right to plan ahead with some certainty and a sound financial proposition. The council, therefore, sought your views on two options that have been being considered for how it might raise what is still needed, whether residents would be prepared to accept an increase in council tax of approximately £16 per year (31 pence per week) or an annual charge for the garden waste service of £35 per year (67 pence per week). The garden waste charge option would be introduced alongside a council tax increase of 2% (around £2.20 per year for a Band D property).

Your opinion matters to us. So, we asked you to complete the consultation questions over the page to have your say on this very important issue. It is not something that the council wanted to ask, but unfortunately it had very little choice, as it is legally required to set a balanced budget.

Steve Atkinson, Chief Executive
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

The consultation was open until Friday 11 December.

View results for the budget survey 

Last updated: 04/03/2016 12:35