Barnsley Council’s new budget approved

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Barnsley Council’s proposed budget for the next 12 months has been approved.

Councillors have approved a budget of £186.8 million for the year, with £112.7 million coming from the government and the rest from council tax and other grants.

The budget proposal approved included a 1.9 per cent increase to council tax payments, which equates to an additional 44 pence per week for a Band D property.

Council tax payments have been frozen for the last four years.

Councillor Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for Corporate Services, said: “The days of the council being able to provide borough-wide services for as many people as possible are gone.

“While costs continue to grow, by 2016-17 we’ll have lost £70 million per year from government, meaning that we have 40 per cent less money coming in from them than when this cuts agenda started.

“We started on this path early and were able to save costs in a planned, considered, well-managed manner. However, that doesn’t mean to say we haven’t been hit hard.

“We have saved £59 million so far.”