In 2018/19 we will spend a net £11.8 million on providing your district council services and this will come from Council Tax, business rates and government grants.
The money the district council receives from the government has reduced from £8.36m in 2009/10 to £4.35m in 2018/19.
To help bridge the gap in funding and protect your services we are improving efficiency. We have successfully reduced the amount of money we spend on running day to day services by changing the way we do things, simplifying processes, cutting out waste and making best use of technology and digital solutions to deliver services to local residents and businesses. We have also been growing our income and looking for innovative new approaches to work more closely with others to deliver projects and operate services or valued local facilities. To date we have made savings of around £2.43m and generated income of £4.61m.
But financial pressures are continuing. In the last seven years, we have only increased our share of the Council Tax twice. This year we are increasing it by just 1.94%. If you live in a Band D home, that’s just 8p per week. We feel this is still excellent value for money and will help prevent vital services being cut or drastically reduced.
We collect your Council Tax but most of it goes to other organisations who provide
other services (see the chart right).
So much more than bins...
Just 12p in each pound you pay in Council Tax is kept by us to run everything from emptying the bins to supporting the local economy.
Where does my money go?
Here are a few of the key services we provide...
- Waste and recycling
- Tackling homelessness
- Community Safety
- Play activities
- Parks and open spaces
- Wyre Forest leisure centre
- Environmental health
- Supporting businesses and tourism
- Street cleaning
- Dealing with planning applications
- Sports and arts development
Highlights and Priorities
Supporting clean, green and safer communities
Key highlights from 2017
- Introduced new dog control measures
- Community Ambassador Project won Suzy Lamplugh National Personal Safety Award
- Opened new council-owned temporary accommodation in Stourport-on-Severn
- Created new community orchard at Blakemarsh Nature Reserve
Priorities for 2018
- Create masterplan for Stourport Riverside Meadows
- Invest £50,000 on Localism projects
- Make £33,000 available from the Community Leadership Fund to support local charities and good causes
- Introduce new pay-by-phone service at council car parks
Contributing to a successful local economy
Key highlights from 2017
- Appointed a developer to deliver an exciting new cinema and leisure scheme at Lion Fields, Kidderminster
- Supported companies to invest in the area - including Specsavers and Superform
- Generated £700,000 of additional income to reinvest in services to benefit all who live, work and visit Wyre Forest
- Kidderminster Arts Festival boosted the local economy by £223,000.
Priorities for 2018
- Start work on Depot 2020 investment scheme, creating new industrial units for rent
- Support the demolition and redevelopment of the Crown House site
- Continue to grow our income through investments from a £25m Capital Portfolio Fund
- Improve and enhance Worcester Street as part of second phase of Kidderminster Town Centre improvements.
Income generated from our commercial services is reinvested in other council services to benefit all who live in, work in and visit Wyre Forest.
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