Tax in Suffolk Coastal is pegged again but more cuts are needed

Suffolk Coastal District Council

Suffolk Coastal District Council - Credit: Archant

Tax payers in Suffolk Coastal will see their bills remain the same for the fifth year thanks to ongoing efforts to cut costs.

Councillors agreed a budget for 2015/16 of £11.969 million – a net reduction of £156,000, or 1.29%, on the current year’s spending.

It means the district’s share of the council tax for a Band D home will be £149.40, the same as in 2010/11.

Senior council officials said in the past five years Government funding had been reduced by £3m-plus, but the council had managed to find £10m of efficiency savings, including its partnership with Suffolk Coastal Norse creating £1.7m savings and the new leisure contract making £500,000 savings a year.

The move to a new HQ will also save £8m over the next 20 years.

Suffolk Coastal council leader Ray Herring said long-term planning was essential to meet the challenges ahead.

He said: “We have worked to streamline our services, driving down costs and becoming more efficient, while maintaining essential frontline services.

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“Suffolk Coastal was one of the first councils in the country to provide shared services, with our partners Waveney District Council, reducing our combined workforce by about 40% since 2008.

“I remain optimistic for the future. That is not to say we are not facing challenges. We have a predicted budget gap of £2.71million to fill over the next four years.”

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