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South Ribble Borough Council 2023-24 budget approved

Budget 2023-24

The full budget for the next financial year was approved by South Ribble Borough Council last night (01.03.23).

Whilst continuing to invest in the borough, and despite economic challenges posed by reduced funding from national government, the Council has again frozen their portion of the council tax bill, with no proposed cuts to services, delivering a balanced budget for 2023-24.

Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council said, "Over the last year, we have set out to make sure that we give our borough the best chance to come back stronger after the pandemic, whilst supporting our communities through the ongoing cost of living crisis. We know times are tough and we will continue to do even more this year to give our residents the best possible opportunities.

"Our balanced budget, which has been agreed following a consultation with residents, allows us to continue to deliver excellent services, invest in projects which are important to our communities and to our local economy and support residents through any challenges they face.

"While government is urging authorities to raise council tax, which many authorities are doing, we are freezing our portion of council tax because we know how every penny is vital to our residents."

Plans for the 2023-24 in South Ribble include:

  • Advice and grants for businesses so that they can get back on their feet following the pandemic and ongoing cost of living crisis, driving forward the principles of cooperation and a fair local economy.
  • Supporting our communities through funding to local community groups and organisations across South Ribble.
  • Ensuring that families and individuals have access to the support that they need through support for social prescribing and by establishing a South Ribble Family Wellbeing Centre. 
  • Working in partnership with local services to ensure that they are joined up and responsive to local need.
  • Delivering improvements to even more local play areas and open spaces, alongside investing around £13 million in improvements to the Leisure Centres across the borough, £5 million of which will be to decarbonise buildings, making them more energy efficient.
  • Supporting the delivery of the £38 million Leyland Town Deal, enhancing the Leyland Town Centre and supporting a strong and vibrant local economy.
  • Delivery of the Extra Care Scheme - Jubilee Gardens - which means that residents from across the borough will be able to access affordable, safe and environmentally friendly housing which meets the needs of those requiring extra care. 

Councillor Foster continued, "We've taken big steps to reduce the cost of our services and are planning to do even more to improve performance so that we're even more efficient.

"Our Community Hub approach goes from strength to strength and we have provided £250,000 in extra funding to help local groups and residents to achieve the priorities they see for their local area.

"We have invested in health and wellbeing across the borough, supporting sports clubs and community facilities, delivering environmental improvements, and improving local parks, play areas and open spaces.

"This year we have also done more than ever to grow a fair local economy by supporting local businesses, introducing an energy support scheme, and progressing big plans to transform town centres across the borough including Leyland and Penwortham. Our Music in the Park event brought people back together for a fantastic celebration and most importantly, we are seeing our communities thrive. 

"I'm confident that this budget will allow for the borough to continue to thrive, despite the economic unrest created by the national Government."

See the full budget and recent consultation responses. 

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