Cambridgeshire County Council planning budget changes after £1.5million boost

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:07 13 February 2014

Cllr Steve Count.

Cllr Steve Count.

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A council will meet on Tuesday to discuss how to spend almost £1.5million of extra cash at its disposal.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s extra funds have come from money saved from capital building projects and improved council tax collection rates.

The Cabinet proposes investing an extra £500,000 in transport improvements and £200,000 for children’s centres and mental health services.

They also want to reduce savings targets in the older people, learning and physical disability services by £300,000.

The mild winter means the council has not spent all of its gritting budget, meaning £200,000 can be held back and put into next year’s budget.

An innovation grant of £28,000 is also being created to develop public transport services.

The budget alterations will be presented to a full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council on February 18.

A cross-party group of councillors will be formed to decide how this money is spent.

Councillor Steve Count said: “We have listened carefully to the public and to opposition groups on the County Council and as a result, have come up with these proposed amendments to the budget.

“We have looked at our priorities and taken on board the concerns raised at scrutiny committees, and believe we now have a budget which is innovative, inclusive and takes on board the many suggestions raised in the consultation process.

“The strongest views were in favour of improvements to transport, so we have taken this into account, together with extra money for children’s centres, mental health services, learning and physical disabilities and older people’s services.”

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