Mendip District Council vows not to cut services

A Somerset council has pledged it will not cut any services it supplies despite a budget cut of £1.4m.

Officers from Mendip District Council's cabinet are being asked to approve its medium term financial plan ahead of it being put to a full council meeting.

Leader Harvey Siggs said as the authority had been careful over the past three years it was in a good position to absorb the cut.

But he added the council would need to find further savings in the future,

"The government has changed the way that councils are funded, with more emphasis on the provision of housing and business growth, both of which are priorities for the council," Mr Siggs said.

"If we are to continue to be a successful council, operating on a sound financial footing, it is essential that we are continuously looking at how we can provide our services at the best possible cost to the council taxpayer."

Mendip District Council said it also planned to freeze its element of the council tax bill for the fourth year running.

Its cabinet will be asked to endorse the Medium Term Financial Plan and Resource Strategy at its meeting on 11 February and to make a recommendation for final approval at the meeting of full council on 21 February.

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