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Council tax rise for Denbighshire amid £8.5m of cuts

Published date: 16 January 2014 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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DENBIGHSHIRE residents are facing a 3.5 per cent council tax increase as the authority looks to make £8.5 million of savings.

The Draft Local Government Settlement indicates the council will have to find in the region of £8.5m in savings for the 2014/15 financial year.

Cuts indlude a reduction in funding for the Prestatyn Scala Cinema and Arts Cente of £12,500 a year, while Clwyd Lesiure, which runs the Sun Centre has had its funding cut by £50,000.

Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, cabinet lead member for finance, said: "Denbighshire really has had a tight budget settlement from the Welsh Assembly Government - the lowest in Wales for 2014/15.

"At all times we have attempted to protect frontline service and jobs whilst minimising the impact of council tax increases to our residents.

"We will continue to look at all services to see if we can be more efficient in the way in which we work, whilst maintaining the best possible services for the people of Denbighshire."

Cabinet has agreed to recommend to full council an increase in Band D Council tax of 3.5 per cent for 2014/5 while the exact amount will be formally approved by full council on January 27. 

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