SUPPORTING the elderly, protecting children at risk and investing in jobs, roads and skills are the key goals for Staffordshire County Council, as its plans to deliver a balance budget were approved on February 11.
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and the Cabinet member responsible for finance, said despite the huge financial challenges, the council remained committed to both protecting those who needed its help the most and creating conditions to support more people lead healthier, rewarding, independent lives for as long as possible.
“These are difficult times, but it is our job as a council to work within our means and try our hardest to deliver benefits for residents and businesses across the whole county.
“Today is not just about approving our budget, but is about setting out our plans to grow the economy, attract investment and help more people get the best start in life, get a good education and get better quality jobs.”
The budget, which includes accepting the Government’s option to increase council tax by a further 2 per cent to help fund adult social care, was approved by a council majority.
From April, this means council tax will increase by 3.95 per cent for 2016/17, equivalent to around £40 per year for families in living in a Band D council tax property. This remains one of the lowest county council taxes in the country.