Vale of Glamorgan Council budget agreed for 2019/20
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set a budget of £226m for 2019/20.
£87m of this is earmarked for schools and £48m for adult social care, among other essential public services.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said: “We have set a budget that will enable us to continue to deliver services befitting of the highest performing local authority in Wales.
“Demand for these services, especially education and social care, continues to rise, along with the cost of delivering them. We are not, however, simply passing these costs onto residents.
“The Vale of Glamorgan Council has made savings of £55m since 2010 - more than the entire budget for adult social care this year. Despite this we face a greater financial challenge than ever in 2019/20.
“We have set ourselves a tough savings target of more than £3.8m for the next twelve months. We have had real successes in recent years in reducing the cost of delivering services and I have every confidence that we will be able to continue to transform the way public services are delivered in the Vale.”
An increase of 4.9% from the current rate of council tax was also agreed. This would set level for a Band D property at £1,245.06 a year for 2019/20.
The budget agreed at the meeting of full council on 08 March allocated funding to dozens of service areas across the Council’s four main areas of work.
Councillors set funding for Learning and Skills at £105m. The budget for social services was set at £65m. £30m was allocated for environment and housing services, including waste collection and road maintenance.
The remaining £4m will be spent on planning and regeneration, as well as the various functions required to support all council services.