A LEADING Evesham councillor has claimed there won’t be any ‘nasty shocks’ despite Wychavon District Council losing nearly £1million in Government funding.
Ken Barclay, who represents Evesham South on Wychavon District Council, told the Observer the council has planned for the £900,000 it will lose in a support grant from the Government over the next three years.
The Revenue Support Grant, cash handed to local authorities each year by the Government, is set to come to an end by 2020 as George Osborne looks to find ways to cut spending and reduce the UK’s deficit.
Council chiefs have already saved £4million since 2010, but they will now have to find further cuts of £1million as a result of the latest reductions in the Revenue Support Grant.
However, Wychavon will be able to keep all of the business rates it raises in the Vale by the end of the decade, plus the council receives New Homes Bonus cash for every house built, which could help to make up the money the authority will lose as a result of the grant being axed.
“It’s not really going to do that much difference, we knew it was coming and we’ve planned for it,” Coun Barclay said.
“We’re in a good position; there won’t be any nasty shocks.”
Coun Lynne Duffy, portfolio holder for resources on Wychavon District Council, said: “Thanks to our innovative Grow, Save, Charge plan we are well placed to meet the financial challenge facing us.
“We remain committed to looking for other ways of saving money while continuing to protect the essential front line services our residents rely on,” she added.