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Thursday, January 30, 2014

County agrees new budget

Denbighshire's Full Council has approved the budget proposals which have identified savings of £8.5m.

The Draft Local Government Settlement indicates the Council needed to find in the region of £8.5m in savings for 2014/15.

The budget process to date, initially resulted in savings of £1.7m, which were approved by Members in September plus a further £4.7m, which again was approved in December. This latest phase, agreed by Cabinet earlier in the month identifies a further £2m in savings, which has now been ratified by Full Council.

Cabinet Lead Member for finance, Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill said: "Denbighshire really has had a tight budget settlement from the Welsh Assembly Government - the lowest in Wales for 2014/15.

"At all times we have attempted to protect frontline service and jobs whilst minimising the impact of council tax increases to our residents.

"We will continue to look at all services to see if we can be more efficient in the way in which we work, whilst maintaining the best possible services for the people of Denbighshire."

Councillors also agreed an increase in Band D Council tax of 3.5% for 2014/5.

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