Liberal Democrat councillors have supported a budget for Calderdale Council that will deliver:
- A Council tax freeze
- A 20% saving in the Council’s energy bills to be achieved through an investment in LED lighting in Council buildings and solar panels
- A £1.4m investment in an affordable warmth insulation scheme that it’s estimated will save the NHS £4.65m in associated health costs.
- All future savings the Council has to make in 2017/18 to be shaped by a major public consultation this summer.
In Contrast Labour’s plans would have meant:
- Council tax rises in two out of the next three years
- Money taken out of the road maintenance budget
- An £800,000 cut in Children Services in 2017/18
- No public Consultation
Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Janet Battye (Calder) said “We would have preferred to see all the parties represented on the council work towards an agreed budget, but that clearly didn’t happen. That being the case, we had to choose between proposals put forward by the Cabinet and those put forward by the Labour group. Both have their good points and their bad, but in the end we thought the Labour proposals had more bad than good points. We couldn’t support Labour as they have made it clear they will put up taxes and won’t consult with residents across Calderdale about the future of the Council.”
Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group Councillor James Baker (Warley) said “There was a clear choice on the table. The amended budget we supported will consult with local people whereas Labour would have cut funds from road maintenance, cut from children services, and put up taxes to spend on the schemes they have decided they want to pursue.”