Council tax freeze for a second year
RESIDENTS are in line to receive a council tax freeze for the second year running.
The freeze is part of budget proposals which have been approved by Oldham council’s cabinet and are expected to be ratified at next Wednesday’s full council meeting.
The plans also seek to cut £35m from the local authority’s purse next year and find a further £29.4m for 2016/17.
Coun Abdul Jabbar, cabinet member for finance and human resources, said: “Balancing the budget is getting harder and harder due to the significant size of the cuts we face – but we believe helping residents by freezing council tax is absolutely essential at this time.
“We’ve had to adapt and be innovative in the way we deliver council services because we’ve had to save £141m from our budget in the past five years. We’ve faced comparatively much more sizeable funding reductions than many other local authorities – some of which have only seen a five per cent funding cut during that time.”
Coun Jabbar says the council is taking a ‘twopronged approach’ to help bridge the funding gap – firstly by working with residents to make people ‘more resilient and selfreliant’ and also investing in education, housing, business and regeneration, to boost the economy and bring more money into the borough.
Coun Jabbar added: “I would like to thank the residents who have given us their opinions on how we can save money – but I would urge more to give us their thoughts by taking part in our budget conversation.”
A video animation which outlines how residents can help the council save money can be found at oldham.gov.uk.letstalkbudget.
The public can also watch their elected representatives debate the best way forward next Wednesday when full council proceedings are streamed live on the council’s website from 6pm.
Residents can also follow the action and have their say via Twitter. Search for all related tweets using the hashtag #letstalkbudget.
●● Coun Abdul Jabbar