New investment in frontline services, communities, and carbon reduction

New budget
proposals for 2019/2020 from the Liberal Democrat and Green
Partnership have been agreed by Council, with significant investment due
for frontline services, the city’s highways network, carbon reduction measures
and work with communities. 

The
new budget proposals, which will now act as a ‘mid-year’ budget to kick start
new initiatives, are the first step in achieving the Administration’s ambitions
to deliver on resident’s priorities and reaching carbon neutrality by
2030.  

The
budget will use contingency funding and an underspend from the
current year, in order to address issues such as graffiti, community
safety, cutting carbon emissions and improving road repairs.  Funding will
also be used to support Children’s and Adult Social Care services, so the
Council can continue to protect the most vulnerable in the city.  

Key
proposals include:

  • £47K to tackle graffiti on private premises;
  • £66K to create a Carbon Reduction and Sustainability Officer and capacity budget;
  • £43K for new recycling, litter and dog waste bins;
  • £250K to create a new Safer Communities Fund;
  • £2 million for road maintenance, improvements to footways and investment in the city’s pedestrian and cycle infrastructure;
  • £250K for new play equipment in new and existing play areas;
  • £325K for Children’s Social Services
  • £10K to ensure all care leavers in their first year of leaving do not pay council tax;
  • £385K for Adult Social Care Services.

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Green Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

“I
am pleased that we have taken the first step in allowing this
administration to immediately invest in our priorities, such as achieving
Carbon Neutrality by 2030.”

“Work
will now get underway to improve our cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and
also employ a Carbon Reduction and Sustainability Officer, who can help
undertake the work needed to address the Climate Emergency.”

For
more information on the new budget amendments, please
click here
.

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