‘Good news budget’ set for approval

NILABE101124a2, cllr chris corbett
NILABE101124a2, cllr chris corbett

Erewash Borough Council’s budget for 2014/15 set to be rubber stamped tonight will benefit the community according to leader Cllr Chris Corbett.

New initiatives included for the next financial year include community cash for all ward councillors and a £42,000 increase in money available to voluntary groups in the borough.

NILABE120228c1, Pay and display, Albion car park, Ilkeston.

NILABE120228c1, Pay and display, Albion car park, Ilkeston.

Council tax will also be frozen for a fifth consecutive year if the plans are passed at a meeting of the full council tonight.

Cllr Corbett said: “It’s a good news budget and we’re very happy with it.

“We were well prepared and so we’ve not had to take money out of reserves to make these changes.”

In a move to cut fly tipping and the money it costs the council a new ‘bulky items’ collection service will start from April.

Cllr Corbett explained: “Although it doesn’t sound very exciting this is something people have told us they want so we are giving them.

“We will collect things like sofas, fridges and other big household items which we hope will mean a reduction in fly tipping so the scheme should pretty much pay for itself.”

The budget has been made possible as a result of £500,000 efficiency savings and despite a 13.6 per cent drop in the amount EBC receives from central government.

Cllr Corbett said: “Changes and tough decisions have been made but we’re now getting more for less which is difficult to achieve, especially when you consider that we have made no compulsory redundancies.

“Our main aim was to keep costs down for the tax payer, everyone has to pay council tax so that was top of the list.

“We try and spend council money like we would our own, when we need to and carefully which we think is exactly what we have done.”