Monmouthshire County Council has today released its 2017/18 budget proposals for consultation with residents, businesses, organisations and other stakeholders.

Cabinet has successfully worked with officers and the organisation at large to bring forward a range of budget proposals that ensures that it continues to deliver locally accessible services across the county.

The draft budget proposals see:

  • A significant growth in social care budgets, both in terms of adult social care and children’s services
  • School spending prioritised and maintained at 2016/17 cash levels
  • Continued commitment to meet the Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, ensuring that staff receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work
  • A continuance of the work to determine a strong future for leisure and cultural services rather than close facilities that communities hold so dear
  • No increases in car parking charges
  • All local services being maintained

2017/18 will also see major investment in the county’s infrastructure:

  • Caldicot School will be open and the Link project will be complete
  • Monmouth School will be largely built
  • The council will move to its next phase of renewal of its school estate.
  • A commitment to be on-site with a major refurbishment and upgrade of Monmouth Leisure Centre including a new pool
  • Morrisons in Abergavenny will be built and open
  • To complete our community hub programme through a commitment to build our final one in Abergavenny.
  • We will invest £2.24m in highway resurfacing and renewal, and other improvements to the road and highways infrastructure
  • In response to increased demands we will commit to increase the amount we spend on disabled adaptations to people’s homes to ensure people can live safely and independently

This money will be spent locally and will see a further boost to the number of construction apprenticeships that can be offered.

The county and the council are well prepared both to meet future challenges and opportunities, underpinned by the council’s Future Monmouthshire programme that looks to create foresight to develop solutions to some of the county’s biggest challenges.

Looking forward to the future the City Deal has positioned the council as an influential voice in the region and a commitment in the New Year will open up significant opportunities to stimulate growth in Monmouthshire and the wider region.

All of the proposals have been delivered through a major internal efficiency drive, a review of corporate financing and an indicative proposed council tax increase of 3.95%.  The draft proposals see the council still needing to find £243,000 and work is continuing to bring forward further options for cabinet to consider.

The full draft budget proposals are available at:

https://democracy.monmouthshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=144&MId=2070

Councillor Phil Murphy, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “This budget concludes our work for this council term.  I am proud of what we have achieved in extremely difficult times.  Our budget approach has helped to keep the county on the up.  Some difficult choices have had to be made and you may not have agreed with all of them but we have kept to our promises and we have delivered again”.