South Lakeland District Council 'provides value for money' says new report (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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South Lakeland District Council 'provides value for money' says new report
2:02pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
SOUTH Lakeland District Council cabinet members have welcomed an independent report which states that the authority has a ‘healthy financial position’ and provides value for money for Council Taxpayers.
SLDC has seen a 42 per cent reduction in Government funding in the last three years.
During this period Council Tax has been frozen and councillors have pledged to maintain this freeze for the next two years.
Auditor Grant Thornton stated that the council had worked closely with its partners and local residents to respond to economic pressures and had robust systems in place to cope with future financial challenges.
The report cited the total savings of £200,000 the council had achieved by re-structuring the senior management and on-street enforcement teams as well its better performance in collecting Council Tax which was up to 98.6 per cent in 2012/13 – an increase of 0.4 per cent on the previous year.
Coun David Evans said: “This report is hugely positive. It confirms we are managing Council Taxpayers’ money carefully and efficiently at a time when all local authorities are facing major financial pressures.
“We have achieved this by listening to and working closely with our local communities. It is also a tribute to the hard work and innovation provided by our officers.
“We will continue to have to make difficult decisions but are determined to do this in a way which protects key services and enables us to maintain a freeze on Council Tax.”
Council Leader Peter Thornton added: “A report like this doesn’t happen by accident. It shows the skill and dedication of our staff. They have a done a fantastic job.”
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