"We will balance the books"
1:07pm 31st January 2012
The council's budget gap is moving in the right direction after it responded to pressures in the first half of the year 2011/12.
The first three month period saw budget pressures of £4.3m as a result of the Liberal Democrat-Conservative inherited budget.
But decisive action has now brought the gap down to £921k, with final savings agreed to balance the budget which will be realised in the last quarter.
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Coun. Julie Gunnell, said:
"There have been a number of tough decisions to balance the budget by year end, which was largely set by the Lib Dems and Conservatives and which did not address the projected growth in adult social care and looked after children.
"The current budget position leaves the council in a much stronger position than at the same time last year. It is an excellent achievement and staff right across the authority are to be commended for their efforts.
"We have been very clear that the budget must be balanced at year end. Tough decisions need to be taken to balance the budget, such as clawing back unspent money from ward committees, but our key services supporting vulnerable people must always be our priority".
A full budget monitor update will be coming forward to a Cabinet meeting in February.
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