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PS13.7m cuts loom as county faces budget hole.

FLINTSHIRE Council looks set to make cuts of PS13.7 million next year as it faces a large hole in its budget.

The authority has estimated that council tax bills may need to increase by 4.5 per cent in order to help plug the gap in 2019/20.

It follows an above average rise for residents of 6.7 per cent earlier this year in order to assist school budgets.

As a result of the projected shortfall for all 22 Welsh councils, the Welsh Local Government Association is lobbying Welsh Government for an uplift in their revenue support grant.

Council leader Aaron Shotton said the projected amount had gone up from PS10.6m as a result of emerging pressures including increased wage costs.

In a report, he said: "In summary, the council will need to identify efficiencies of PS13.7m to balance the budget for 2019/20 with PS13.1m needing to be on a recurring basis.

"After taking into account efficiencies identified to date, and with an estimated hypothetical council tax increase of 4.5 per cent for our needs, the council would need a minimum increase in its revenue support grant of three per cent."

The report was due to be considered by Flintshire's cabinet on Tuesday.

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2018
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