‘Sad day for democracy’ as Somerset County Council’s budget is set

PUBLISHED: 13:30 24 February 2017

Somerset County Council's budget has been confirmed.

Somerset County Council's budget has been confirmed.

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Somerset County Council has now approved its annual budget but the Liberal Democrat party wants more detail about its plans to save £18million.

However, the leader of the council, John Osman, has said the financial strain is making it ‘more difficult’ to deliver a balanced budget.

It was also announced council tax will increase by 1.99 per cent.

Cllr Osman said: “It is getting harder and tougher to balance our budget.

“Setting a budget and setting council tax is always difficult as you have the competing needs of those vulnerable residents who need our services and those hard working residents who don’t need our services. The council tax set today I hope resets this balance.”

Jane Lock, leader of the Liberal Democrat County Group, said: “It is a low point for democracy in Somerset. It is claimed that this budget is more strategic but what it doesn’t do is give any visibility on what Somerset council tax-payers will get for their money.”

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