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Council approves multi-million pound cash-saving project

Initiatives aimed at saving millions of pounds over the next few years have been approved by Boston Borough Council.

Public consultation on the transformation programme took place from May 19 to June 29 and responses received included comments about public toilets provision, future funding for footway lighting - not highways lighting, as this is the responsibility of Lincolnshire County Council, car parking, council buildings, grass cutting, leisure facilities, council staffing levels and the number and cost of councillors and the mayor. All comments will be taken into account as projects progress.

The council will work with help from its partners to achieve the efficiency measures required.

The report before councillors on Monday night said the programme demonstrates that the council has robust plans to save money and live within its means in the coming years.

It said it was important to point out that while the way services are organised was likely to change, the transformation programme does not propose the absolute removal of any of the range of services currently being delivered.

Since cuts in funding by the Government in 2009 the council has met a huge austerity challenge laid before it and saved £2.4 million. Required savings over the next four years are likely to be £5.8 million. The council has a forecast to spend £2.3 million less per annum by 2020/21 than it does now.

The council also agreed to delegate to the council's strategic resources director and the finance portfolio holder submission of its efficiency plans to the Secretary of State in order to bid for a four-year funding settlement up to 2020, when Government then removes the traditional revenue support funding for local councils. From this date local councils will be able to retain all business rates collected. Currently half is returned to central Government. The bid would be subject to further guidance and advice from the Local Government Association.

A fixed offer from Government is a longer-term funding guarantee. Traditionally there has been an annual announcement, generally received in the December prior to the next financial year, making budget planning and decision making rushed and urgent. Four-year funding will allow for more accurate forecasts and future-year budget assumptions to be made with more confidence and certainty.

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