Major investment plans put to the public
People across the borough are being given the opportunity to have their say on how to spend an extra £7.5million as part of Dudley Council’s budget proposals.
The council’s cabinet approved the draft proposals and gave the green light for a 12 week consultation.
The government is consulting on a funding settlement but early indications suggest it will be “favourable”. Added to a proposed 3.99 per cent increase in council tax, means extra money to spend on public services. The council tax plans include a 1.99 basic rate increase as well as 2 per cent which will go directly to services for older and more vulnerable people. It equates to around 80p extra per week for a Band B property in the borough, or the cost of a litre of milk.
But despite the increase, residents will still pay one of the lowest rates in the country.
The additional funding could be spent across a range of services including a proposed new leisure centre in Dudley, as well as improvements in CCTV, bin collections and highways.
The 12 week consultation is online and hard copies are available at libraries, leisure centres and Dudley Council Plus.
Kevin O’Keefe, Chief Executive at Dudley Council, said:
There are a number of budget proposals which include investments in a range of service areas. It is important we find out what people think, where they would like to see money spent and what their priorities are for the year ahead.
I would encourage people to take a couple of minutes to fill in the consultation online or the hard copies which are available.”
The government will make its final announcement on the settlement for Dudley in December. Councillors will agree the final budget in March next year after considering the results of the consultation.
The consultation runs until January 29 and is available via www.dudley.gov.uk or via social media if people look for #DudleyBudget