Forest Heath residents must ‘play their part’ as council prepares for £1.1m cuts
Forest Heath’s residents are being encouraged to be more ‘self-reliant’ as the district council prepares to make £1.1 million of cuts next year.
Over the past two years the council has had its central Government grant slashed by 49 per cent.
Leader of Forest Heath District Council, James Waters, said: “We’re squeezing every penny we can and always looking to sec ure a stronger future for Forest Heath but everyone has a part to play,” he said.
“That’s why we’re encouraging communities to be more self-reliant. Here in West Suffolk we are leading the way for doing things with people.”
Cllr Stephen Edwards, cabinet member for resources, admitted there were ‘huge challenges ahead’.
“We have a responsibility to work differently, behave more commercially, build partnerships and cut demand for our services,” he said.
“But we’re still doing a tremendous amount to make life better for our residents and businesses.”
Planned savings include £200,000 from reductions in and changes to Housing Benefit payment assumptions and £70,000 from a review of grants and contributions.
A shared services scheme with St Edmundsbury Borough Council is estimated to have saved £3 million.
The council also hopes to make £42,000 from generating solar power and plans to freeze council tax in 2015/16.
The proposals are due to be discussed by the council’s cabinet next Tuesday.