Worcestershire County Council will be investing more money this year into social care, and roads as well as doubling its investment into reducing traffic congestion.
Budget proposals for 2020/2021 were approved at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (13th February 2020). The Council is putting forward a balanced budget for the coming financial year.
The net budget for 2020/21 will be £346 million (compared to £330m in 2019/20).
Alongside meeting the increasing demands for providing social care, the council remains committed to the economic growth of Worcestershire. The budget will focus on a programme of improved infrastructure and development for the region.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, the Leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: "Here in Worcestershire we have one of the fastest growing economies in the country creating more homes, jobs and businesses, which is providing the Council with a significant increase to our income.”
“We are planning to use these funds to invest an extra £18 million (gross) into children’s and adult’s social care next year to support those most in need. We also want to invest more money in areas most important to residents: our roads and pavements, reducing traffic congestion and improving public transport.”
"The Budget also includes plans for a substantial tree planting scheme in Worcestershire. We will be working with the Woodland Trust to plant 150,000 new trees in the county to create new woodland areas that will enhance our environment for future generations."
“There are also plans to improve flood mitigation measures as well as upgrading thousands more street lights to more energy efficient LED lights.”
Council Tax will increase by 3.99% for 2020/21. This will be made up of 2% ring fenced for Adult Social Care and 1.99% to support the delivery of other services.
The increase is less than £1 per week for a band D property.
Council Tax rates in Worcestershire continue to be amongst the lowest twenty five per cent in the country for county councils.