JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Social Services And Education Get £8m More
tax bills in Coventry are to rise by more than inflation to cover
a £13 million increase in spending
on social services, education and other improvements in the city.
crisis-ridden social services department is to get an extra £2
million one-off payment spread over the next two years as part of
this year’s spending review.
secret meeting among Labour councillors yesterday decided the
council’s spending priorities, which also included an extra £4.6
million for education.
council services will get £4.5 million more and the public events
programme which includes the Godiva festival, the Jazz festival
and the new Year’s Eve celebrations will still be funded.
consultation is to be carried out before the proposals are set in
concrete and passed through the full council. The money is
expected to come from the government, Europe and the Lottery
there are no major changes the city’s council tax will rise in
April by 4.4 per cent.
leader Cllr Nick Nolan said:
want us to continue to focus on the big issues like crime and
jobs but they also want us to improve their street, pavement and
proposals for the next year will have something for everyone but
that does not mean we have enough money to do everything we want
believe we have achieved a realistic spending programme that
will begin to deliver what we promised when we took office.
will protect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our
community. It will allow us to respond to the basic irritations
of everyday life – like cracked pavements and potholed roads.
it will allow us to continue to deliver on the six priorities of
the Coventry Community Plan.”
John Mutton, deputy leader and the cabinet member responsible for
the sums aren’t finished yet it does look as though we shall
be setting a council tax rise of 4.4 per cent.
is in line with government assumptions and in line, or lower,
than other authorities’ estimates across the West Midlands.
can be assured that whatever money we have available will be
spent where it is needed most and we think it is a reasonable
price to ask people to pay for improvements in services.”
major groups involved in the consultation process will be briefed
this week and the council is expected to come to a final decision
on 1 March.