Tough budget choices ahead for Anglesey Council


Geraint Jones

ANGLESEY Council chiefs face difficult choices in the coming year.

That was the view of chief executive Richard Parry Jones before an executive committee meeting on Monday to discuss the council’s initial 2013/14 budget.

Mr Parry said the financial settlement was an “extremely difficult and challenging” one, as the authority faces a £3.4 million for this year, and £10 million by 2016.

He added: “These are initial proposals which will be presented to the executive committee for consideration in the knowledge that hard decisions have to be made to meet the financial targets in respect of efficiency savings.”

The council will consult with residents, businessses, the Schools Forum and town and community councils until February 2013, before it formally sets its budget and council tax in March.

Council leader councillor Bryan Owen said: “We undoubtedly face some hard choices over the coming months, but our aim is to protect front line services by ensuring real and practical service efficiencies.

“I can assure the people of Anglesey, however, that the authority won’t be taking any major decisions until it has consulted fully.”

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