Cllr Mike Bell

Lib Dems launch budget ideas for North Somerset Council

Lib Dems launch budget ideas for North Somerset Council Liberal Democrat Councillors on North Somerset Council have unveiled their budget proposals for the authority for 2016/2017. The Conservative-run council currently faces a £4.6 million shortfall in its budget for next year, following a very tough financial settlement from the Government. The final budget will be agreed in February and as part of the debate on how to find the additional funds needed to balance the books, Liberal Democrat opposition group Leader Councillor Mike Bell has released proposals from his team. Councillor Bell says: "The Government grant settlement has been very tough, tougher than had been expected, and has left the council with a £4.6 million hole in the accounts. "This is despite the council already having found £55 million in savings in recent years to keep costs down." Savings from the Liberal Democrat proposals include: * support for a 2% council tax rise or "care levy" to find adult social care services * support for a

27 Jan 2016