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Mendip sets a ‘value-for-money’ balanced budget

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Frontline services protected; a £50m boost for regeneration across the district; and all within a council tax rise of £5.

Mendip District Council’s says its value-for-money budget for 2020-21 has been set and approved at a meeting of the Full Council, held on Monday 24th February.

The district council reports, “Sign-off on the finances means the council can move forward in tackling homelessness, the climate emergency and lending a helping hand to people hit by poverty and austerity.

 “The budget included an increase in Council Tax, of £5 for a Band D property – as a percentage, slightly less than in previous years, at 3.19% per cent. It means an average Band D property will pay £161.61 per year. That’s an extra 1.3p per day for the whole basket of council services.

 “The council pledged to do everything to protect the most vulnerable in the district, by improving front-line services. A significant increase for the hardship fund has already been agreed – up 25 per cent.”

 “There was a promise to pump £50m over three years into regeneration schemes across the district, to tackle Mendip’s affordable housing crisis, and respond to the needs of local residents.” 

Leader of Mendip District Council, cllr Ros Wyke said,  “Looking forward, the continuing reduction – and soon to become complete removal – of all central Government funding of Local Government, plus the earlier than expected reduction in the new homes bonus, will put additional pressure on the medium term position of the council.

 “But we are optimistic for the future, and determined to make Mendip matter to local people, by providing the services our residents need and expect.”

Full details of the budget for 2020-21 can be found on the council’s website: www.mendip.gov.uk

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