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South Lakeland approves council tax increase

[C]ouncillors have approved an increase in South Lakeland District Council’s part of the Council Tax bill equivalent to an extra £5 a year on a Band D property.

Full Council approved the budget plans for 2017/18 saying it would enable SLDC to continue protecting front-line services while investing in the future economic growth and prosperity of the district.

Councillor Peter Thornton, SLDC’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “This modest increase, which equates to less than 10 pence per week, allows us to present a budget which is not only balanced but sustainable. This is a well-run and financially prudent Council which is able to go way beyond its statutory responsibilities. We will be able to continue delivering service improvements while maintaining our long term strategies to help businesses, create jobs and provide more affordable homes.

“We have made significant savings over recent years and this budget will help us to continue improving the lives of those who live and work here.”

The budget will support the aims of the authority’s newly-revised Council Plan, to deliver opportunities for sustainable economic growth, provide homes to meet need, protect and enhance the environment, improve health and reduce health inequalities.

A new performance report reveals:

  • The number of households with access to plastic and cardboard kerbside collections   has more than doubled from 47% to 96%.
  • Around 276 new jobs have been created in the area since 2014 and the Council is on target to achieve 1,000 by 2025.
  • SLDC has already helped to provide 290 affordable homes for rent since 2014 and is on schedule to deliver 1,000 by 2025.
  • The number of business units continues to rise and reached 7,265 in 2016 – the highest since 2010.
  • Life expectancy in South Lakeland remains higher than the national average while the number of adults with excess weight is below average.

SLDC’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Sue Sanderson, said: “The latest performance figures measure our successes so far and prove that we are not just talking about improving the quality of people’s lives but actually doing it. I am delighted we are making huge strides towards achieving our priorities and realising our vision.”

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