Worcestershire's council tax frozen despite budget cuts

Worcestershire County Council has decided to freeze council tax for a second successive year despite needing to make £21m worth of savings.

The Conservative-led authority instead opted to take a £5.5m government grant to go towards an overall £331m budget.

It means Band D households will continue to pay £1,039.06 in 2012/13.

Cuts are likely to made to library services, youth clubs and adult social care. Opposition parties have been critical of the plans.

Council leader, Adrian Hardman, said they had been planning for the change in budget for a long time.

'Too slow'

He said: "I think we have the pace correct because what we didn't want to do was take on too much of a challenge initially.

"I know some political parties think we're moving too slowly.

"I'm convinced we are delivering a balanced budget with robust finances at the county council."

But Liberal Democrats leader Liz Tucker wanted more money to be saved from top-level salaries.

Ms Tucker said: "We were suggesting they took a modest 5% out of senior management costs together with some other smaller matters and that we re-invested that to be able to fund bus passes for all 16 to 19-year-olds and to provide more support for carers."

Labour councillor Peter McDonald said he was "dismayed" by the detail of the budget.

"Every year we're told it's good for us," he said.

"More people being sacked, more families being put into poverty and no contribution at all to the local economy in Worcestershire."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Weather

Worcester

24 °C 15 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ClockMore for less?

    Could spending less time in the office make you perform more efficiently?

Programmes

  • A factory in JapanThe Travel Show Watch

    Factory infatuation – why Japan’s industrial compounds are drawing large crowds at night

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.