Council responds to draft budget settlement

Denbighshire County Council has responded to the draft budget settlement announced by the Welsh Government, stating that the settlement is ‘not great but not completely unexpected’.

The Welsh Government has announced a proposed 0.9% reduction in the Council’s budget for 2018/19. The announcement also includes an indication of the settlement for 2019/20- an average 1.5% reduction across Wales.

Leader, Councillor Hugh Evans, OBE, said: “We are naturally disappointed in the draft settlement but recognise that reductions in funding are inevitable in the current economic climate and that every local authority has seen a reduction in one shape or form.  

“For us in Denbighshire, it means that the budget does not cover the costs of additional financial pressures in areas such as social services,  and this is something that the Council will need to consider carefully in the way it plans and sets the budget for next year and future years.

“We have worked tirelessly over recent years to prepare and respond to the financial challenges, whilst minimising the impact of cuts and that hard work has paid dividends in protecting key frontline services as far as possible.

“We have also made every effort to be more efficient as a Council, streamlining our services to be as effective as possible, whilst continuing to provide value for money services and maintaining our position as being one of the highest performing councils in Wales. That approach to using public funds wisely continues, as does our commitment to maintaining the best possible services for Denbighshire residents.”

Posted on Wednesday 11th October 2017