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Biggest investment in services for a decade - budget plans approved

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Residents across Dudley will continue to pay one of the lowest council tax rates in the country – but council bosses have still pledged to invest nearly £10 million in local services.

Investments in CCTV, bin collections, open spaces and adult social care were approved at a meeting of full council tonight. (Mon)

Dudley Council’s share of the council tax will go up by 3.99 per cent to cover it – but despite the proposed increase, people will still be paying one of the lowest rates in the country. It equates to less than 80p more for the average home a week, or the price of a litre of milk.

Around half of the extra income generated will go directly to helping the elderly and most vulnerable people in the borough.

More than 1,400 people have responded to the council’s budget consultation which has been running since November last year. People were asked where the extra investment could be spent, with adult social care coming out on top.

Children’s services was ranked second with environment ranked third. Health and wellbeing, regeneration and enterprise and housing came in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Councillor Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance, said:

We will be overseeing the biggest investment in Dudley Council services in a decade, but we need to finance that.
I am delighted so many people came forward in this year’s budget consultation. It is vital we talk to borough residents and find out how they want us to invest their money.
One of the ways we are able to invest in services for local people is to raise council tax, but that is not something we ever do lightly. We have listened to local people, and two per cent of that proposed increase will go specifically to adult social care services.
I can also assure people they will still pay one of the lowest rates in the country, and I am going to make sure they are getting good value for money.

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