South Lakeland District Council makes a saving of £800,000
Last updated at 16:06, Friday, 01 June 2012
COUNCIL savings of over £800,000 have been made in South Lakeland.
The figure means South Lakeland District Council smashed its efficiency target for the 2011/2012 financial year.
The news comes after the authority received a lower than expected settlement from central government last year.
But SLDC leader, Councillor Peter Thornton, claimed cuts had not been made to frontline services at a meeting of the cabinet committee in Kendal on Wednesday.
He said: “The public will not have seen any changes to the services they received.
“The savings have been made in the way we operate as a council. There’s a constant pressure on overheads and central services. And this process goes on.”
The savings, totaling £845,000 to the end of March, have been made within a variety of areas within the authority.
Cllr Thornton, who became leader last month, added: “As newly elected leader I have inherited a financially well managed authority.
“This latest financial report shows SLDC is making the right decisions in providing excellent services while maintaining and improving its cost savings and budgets.”
A report on the savings show £442,000 is to be carried forward into 2012-13 for projects that could still take place – leaving a net underspend of £403,000.
Councillor David Evans, portfolio holder for policy, performance and resources, explained the position was a result of prudent financial management within the authority.
“It is extremely pleasing that the portfolio is working so well and with a firm grasp on how the authority is handling the public’s money,” he said.
“But I am confident we can continue to provide South Lakeland residents with quality services while keeping the books balanced.”
Cllr Evans added the savings had been made despite a zero increase in council tax.
“We have made substantial savings over the years in order to keep council tax bills low and this is another positive step in that direction.”
An increase in charges for some council-owned assets was also said to have contributed to the final total.
Councillor Graham Vincent told the meeting: “We have faced some big challenges.
“But despite having the worst settlement in Cumbria we have still managed to keep the budget in check.”
First published at 13:43, Friday, 01 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
(But SLDC leader, Councillor Peter Thornton, claimed cuts had not been made to frontline services), So what happened to the threat of, either take over the running of the toilets or they WILL close... a cut by the Council, ok they have been taken over by several people, but are the Council monitoring the cleanliness of the toilets, yes they have been re-furbished, but they are a disgrace, what visitors to the lakes area must think I dread to think. SLDC leader, Councillor Peter Thornton, TAKE BACK THE TOILETS and stop the S.L.D.C area especially Bowness being an embaressement to us and the visitors... but I dont think this will happen !