Council tax frozen, no cuts to frontline services and free weekend parking for an extra 12 months – this year’s budget is great news for residents in Wigan Borough.
At its meeting on Thursday 21st February, Wigan Council’s cabinet approved plans to freeze council tax for the sixth year running and revealed the free weekend parking offer in Wigan and Leigh would be extended until March 2020.
The council is believed to be one of only a few local authorities to freeze council tax this year with 97 per cent of councils in England expected to increase it.
Wigan will also have the lowest council tax in Greater Manchester.
The authority has revealed that no further efficiencies to frontline services will need to be made for it to reach its total saving of £160m by 2020 and it is reporting a balanced budget this year.
In the meeting the cabinet heard the money was available for free car parking now the budget has been balanced. It will cost the authority £400,000 a year.
The plans will now go to full council on 6th March.
Prudent financial planning and bold reforms have helped the council to be ahead of their savings target despite being one of the worst hit local authorities in the country for budget reductions after austerity measures hit in 2010.
This means the only increase on council tax bills in the borough will be the Greater Manchester Mayor’s precept.