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Draft budget published

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11 January 2024

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Difficult decisions are needed in order to balance Powys County Council's budget for 2024/25, Cabinet has warned today as it publishes its draft budget.

The council is facing additional costs of over £18m next year alone, due to inflation and increases in demand for council services while the local government provisional settlement from Welsh Government is not sufficient to meet the severe pressures the council faces.

To balance the budget, Cabinet are considering £11m of savings, a recommended 6.5% council tax increase for council services with a further 1% to support the £1.1m increase in the Fire & Rescue Authority annual levy imposed on the council.

Cllr David Thomas, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Transformation, said: "The council, which is again developing its financial plans in an extremely challenging economic context, is facing severe financial pressures for the 2024-25 financial year and the foreseeable future.

"Powys is not alone facing a bleak financial future, local government throughout Wales is facing the same severe pressures. The Welsh Local Government Association has said that councils in Wales will be facing an estimated funding shortfall of £432m.

"Through our draft budget, we are trying to limit the impact on the delivery of front-line services as much as possible within the financial constraints the council faces but, inevitably, there will be some reductions in services or changes to how or from where services are delivered.

"In proposing the council tax increase, Cabinet has carefully considered what Powys residents can afford in light of the cost-of-living crisis, together with the ongoing need to meet increasing demand and inescapable cost pressures on vital local services upon which they rely."

Cabinet will be considering the draft budget on Tuesday, January 16. If given the go-ahead, it will then be considered by Full Council on Thursday, February 22.

The draft budget can be viewed here -