Council’s latest budget agreed - £317m investments are outlined

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Central Bedfordshire Council has agreed its 2015/16 budget plans which outlines £317million of investments.

One of the Conservative-run council’s priorities was to not increase its council tax precept in the face of Government funding cuts.

This has been achieved by making £13.7million of savings, such as cutting overheads and running costs, and providing services differently.

When drawing up the plans, results from a public survey were taken into account with more than 3,000 people responding to the consultation.

Key investments include £63.7million on social care health and support services, £44.2million on children’s services, £36.4million on community services and £10million on public health services.

Road building and the East-West Rail Link will also receive significant funding as will Flitwick Leisure Centre.

Councillors voted through the budget at a full council meeting last Wednesday.

For full details of the 2015/16 spending plans visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2015