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Council Tax recommendation for Poole

Members of Borough of Poole’s Cabinet have agreed to recommend no increase in the Council's element of Council Tax for 2014/15.

It would mean that the annual charge for council services on a Band D property in Poole would remain unchanged at £1,209.60.

At a meeting held last night, Cabinet members considered a report on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan up to 2018. The report's recommendations, approved by Cabinet, will be discussed and voted upon at a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 25 February.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, said: "Over the past four years the Council has worked hard to absorb £43.5 million of budget pressures and cuts in Government funding while minimising the impact on front-line services. Despite this challenge, I am pleased to say that we are again in a position to deliver a balanced budget and to recommend no increase in Council Tax for a fourth successive year. This has been achieved through careful financial planning, effective management of our resources and use of our limited reserves."

The Medium Term Financial Plan estimates the Council must save a further £34.5 million by 2018, the equivalent of 23 per cent of its budget for 2013/14. A cross-party Budget Steering Group, including councillors from the Council's three political groups has been established to consider options for further savings and efficiencies. 

Cllr Atkinson said: "There is no doubt that the Council faces an enormous financial challenge in the future and difficult decisions will need to be made over the next few years. While good progress has been made to identify areas where we can make further savings, there is still a lot of work to be done."