ANGLESEY Council has asked residents for their views as the authority faces huge financial challenges.
The authority has launched its 2014/15 budget consultation document, as the council seeks to plug a £7.5 million budget gap over the financial year.
Tax payers now have until January 30 to comment on how the Anglesey Council should prioritise spending, and to voice their views on the proposed five per cent council tax increase.
Councillor Ieuan Williams, anglesey Council leader, said: “Cuts in the region £7.5 million will hit the authority hard and it’s inevitable that we will have to curtail services to the people of Anglesey.
“We therefore have no choice but to prioritise services and public feedback, through this important consultation process, will be vital as we look to balance a hugely difficult budget whilst also supporting our key priorities.”
This year, the council’s final Revenue Support Grant settlement for 2014/15, from Welsh Government, totalled £96.432 million, which represents a cut of £4.253 million (4.2 per cent) over funding levels provided in 2013/14.
This will force savings of around £20m in total by 2018/19.
After the consultation process, the executive’s final budget proposals will be presented to a full council meeting on February 27.
Anglesey Council wants public feedback on a number of key areas, including proposals to:
• Deliver significant spending reductions - £22m over 5 years
• Allow a limited amount of money to transform services in 2014/15, particularly in adult social care to effect significant spending reductions in future years;
• Protect education and social care in line with Welsh Government expectations;
• Recognise the huge challenge of the potential new nuclear build, other major energy-related developments, and the need to prepare for these changes;
• Prioritise scarce capital resource to deliver transformation and rationalising assets;
• Increase Council Tax at 5 per cent each year.
The Meeting the Challenges document, together with the Initial Draft Revenue Budget and associated appendices, are available on our website www.anglesey.gov.uk and hard copies are also available upon request.
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Budget Consultation 2014/15
Chief Executive's Department
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Anglesey LL77 7TW