Council’s budget faces scrutiny

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West Sussex County Council’s proposed budget for 2014/15 is set to come under scrutiny.

A meeting of the performance and finance select committee is being held at County Hall, Chichester, on Thursday, January 23, from 10.30am.

County councillor Deborah Urquhart, chairman of the committee, said: “It is another very difficult budget for the Council coming against a backdrop of further cuts in government grants.

“It also marks the first year of a new four year savings plan, and there are some difficult decisions ahead for the authority, and major changes in the way that it delivers services.

“The budget does include provision for a freeze in council tax for a fourth year in a row, and this is another aspect that I am sure members will want to look at as part of our considerations.

“Our role will be to go through the details of what is currently being proposed and agree any comments or issues we want the council’s cabinet to consider when it meets on January 28, to finalise its budget recommendations.”

The scrutiny committee will also be looking in detail at the performance framework – a document which sets out what the county council wants to achieve for West Sussex in the coming years.

The priority areas are – giving children the best start in life, championing the economy, and helping people in later life stay as independent for as long as possible.

A final decision on the budget and council tax for 2014/15 will be taken by the full Council at its meeting on Friday, February 14.

The meeting is open to the public.