Council Fund Revenue Budget
Flintshire County Councils Cabinet will consider the final stages of setting
its 2017/18 revenue budget when it meets on Tuesday 17 January.
Throughout the budget process, the Council has sought to protect front line
services, community facilities and funding for schools and Social Care.
Flintshire County Council Leader, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:
We are pleased to announce that as a result of innovative and effective
financial planning, there will be no further threats to council services in
2017/18. This is despite having to meet the impact of increasing pressures both
from growing demand on services, particularly social care, and restraints upon
public sector spending across the UK.”
Despite, a funding gap of £1.9m still to be found, the Cabinet is resolute in
its aims of shielding frontline services, particularly our ambition to increase
school funding by £1.2m next year. However there are limited options available
to us to achieve this other than through local taxation, temporary use of our
remaining reserves and calculated risk taking on managing cost pressures such
as pay and price inflation.
Councillor Shotton added: “We will continue to stress that the funding formula
for local government needs to be reformed. Flintshire can no longer go on, as a
low funded council, receiving £17.5m less per year than the average grant for
Welsh councils based on a comparative population size.