Barnsley agrees spending cuts of £16m

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COUNCILLORS in Barnsley yesterday agreed a budget for 2013/14 which will shave almost £16m off the authority’s spending.

Presenting the budget to the full council finance spokesman Coun Alan Gardiner, said council tax bills will not rise next year.

However, increases in police and fire authority precepts will lead to an increase of 0.45 per cent.

Coun Gardiner said the auhtority would continue its council tax discount for over-65s but some people would be forced to pay council tax for the first time after chages to council tax benefit.

He added: “Our commitment to improve the borough and the prospects for our communities remains and we are well on the path of determining what our future council will look like and what roles our communities will play in that future.”

He said the “future council” would centre on three priorities of growing the economy, improving achievement and “changing the relationship between the council and its community”.