‘Challenging times ahead’ have been predicted for Solihull Council but residents have been assured they are still getting a ‘good deal.’
Members of Solihull Council’s cabinet have praised their budget forecast for 2013/14 and council tax freeze but have warned there are still hard times to come.
Speaking at last week’s cabinet meeting, Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said Solihull services are being saved while others across the country are being cut.
“We are freezing council tax again this year and we are giving the people of Solihull a good deal. We are maintaining a lot of front line services, we are not closing children’s centres or libraries when other local authorities have.
“We have been doing the right thing with the money that we get.”
The council has forecast underspends in departments including health and well being, community services and transport and highways.
An extra 10 per cent has also been added onto the Citizens Advice Bureau’s budget so the organisation can cope with the extra pressures following the future changes to benefits.
Leader of the council, Ken Meeson added: “We have had to face considerable financial pressures and in the present economic climate these pressures are not going to go away and could increase.
“It has always been tough. In Solihull most of our budget is having to be recovered through council tax.”
The budget was due to go before Full Council last night (Thursday), read a full report in next week’s paper.