06 Feb Warwickshire County Council Conservative Budget February 2018
The Conservative administration of Warwickshire County Council agreed a Budget today which puts further investment in the growing and successful economy of the County and has recognised the need to protect the most vulnerable in our Society.
Due to the success of our growing economy and our prudent management of finances, we are pleased to be able to invest:
- £300,000 over two years in Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol services. We are aware of the growing homelessness in our towns – Conservatives know this is of real concern to our residents, and accept our responsibility to this vulnerable group of people.
- As Conservatives we will take advantage of the opportunity to invest £200,000 to attract £12millions into digital fibre optic hubs in 20 schools. This will allow the Schools and surrounding communities to benefit from a broadband experience at new superfast Gigabit speed.
- We shall invest £330,000 into dedicated provision for school based Special Education needs. A local approach to keep vulnerable children in their own school community.
- With the increasing pressures brought about by local Plans and development we need to increase our ability to respond to, and work with, Districts/Borough Council and will invest an additional £100,000 in transport development.
- The Community run Libraries have proved to be very successful and the Conservative budget will put £108,000 to maintain Sunday opening in our main Libraries and to support the volunteers and community groups that operate from our libraries – libraries are more than just books. We will also invest £100,000 in digitalisation of our heritage collection, linking the villages and town of Warwickshire, the Centenary of end of World War 1 and Coventry City of Culture – we want to cherish the memories of Warwickshire folk.
- We will be investing in a Year of Wellbeing to help our residents to consider how they can look after themselves and achieve independent, healthy and happy lives.
- Conservatives are proud supporters of the Military Covenant and we will invest £50,000 in the Warwickshire Veterans Centre to support our ex-service personnel where they are helped to reskill and adjust to civilian life.
- Last year we created the Capital Investment Fund allowing us to bring forward projects which we have struggled to finance previously, enabling us to support growth in Warwickshire. In 12 months we have been able to invest up to £30m extra in projects – Conservatives will continue this investment fund.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of the Council and the Conservative Group, commented
“Despite the financial pressures being experienced by all Local Government, and increase in demand, particularly in Adults Social Care and Vulnerable Children’s Services, the Conservative administration has continued to deliver services that are valued by our residents, and supported the growth of our Economy.”
She added “ We have record employment and a record number of business start-ups and expansions in our County and we are proud of this. Under the Conservative administration Warwickshire will be a great place to live and work.”
In line with our core principle of protecting the most vulnerable in our Society, and in order to deliver services that residents value, we will increase the level of Council Tax to 2.99% plus 2% Adult Social Care precept. This will represent an increase of £1.25p per week on a Band D property.
Councillor Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of the Council and Finance Portfolio Holder said “This Conservative administration will continue to deliver a long term strategy, a secure and financially sound Council whilst maintaining a strong moral core to our decisions. We base our budget on a sound and sustainable basis. You will not see our decision made on short term political advantage leaving the long term financial future of the County Council in jeopardy.”