Monmouthshire County Council would like to invite residents, businesses, organisations and other stakeholders to talk about the 2017/18 budget on Thursday January 5th at County Hall, Usk.

The first session is taking place at 3.30pm – 5.00pm with the second taking place 5.30- 7.00pm at County Hall, Usk. The session will provide residents, businesses, organisations and other stakeholders with an opportunity to hear from Cllr Phil Murphy, Cabinet Member for Finance and Chief Executive, Paul Matthews about the ideas the authority proposes, together with the investments that are coming into the county in 2017/18.

The full draft budget proposals are available on the Monmouthshire County Council website:

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

The draft budget proposals include:

 

  • 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.

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.Councillor Phil Murphy, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “This is an opportunity for the public to find out what is happening in the coming year. 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”.