Despite reductions in government grants and continuing pressure on council services, Plymouth City Council has approved its budget of £208.237 million with no rise to the council tax.
A household which falls in band D category will pay £1,244.67 for Plymouth City Council services. Only 8,823 homes fall into this band. The vast majority of homes in Plymouth – a further 98, 626 households are in bands A, B and C – 86 per cent of households in Plymouth – will pay less than this sum.
The leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Vivien Pengelly announced a new growth fund to support the development of Plymouth as a thriving growth centre. The fund, which builds on work already started to support inward investment into the city, is designed to make the most of new funding streams such as the New Homes Bonus, income from existing assets and those of our partners.
And she announced plans to further improve the city’s recycling rate through a new glass collection scheme.
Vivien also outlined two new schemes that will protect the city’s more vulnerable young people including a project for children with multiple and complex needs on the autistic spectrum and their families and a scheme which will involve intensive parent and child assessments within the community in order to avoid making costly out of city placements.
And, as well as a pledge to continue to improve services, the council set out a substantial programme of investment over the next four years including £193 million in a capital programme which will see the creation of new schools, better infrastructure and the completion of Plymouth Life Centre, which is due to finish this year.