Minister praises Trafford’s budget plans as fantastic example to other councils

LOCAL Government Minister Sajid Javid has praised Trafford Council whose budget plan will equal more cash in the pockets of residents across the region.

Under the plans households in Trafford will be paying less council tax than anywhere else in the north west.

The proposals will also result in no cuts or job losses, car parking charges reduced from 70p to 20p for thirty minutes in all council car parks and all day parking reduced from £7 to £5.

There will also be around £5 million allocated for adult social care, £1 million for children’s services and library fines will also be scrapped. £14.4 million is also being earmarked to be spent on highways and road improvements for the next three years.

Praising Trafford, Mr Javid, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Trafford is a fantastic example to other councils of how to provide excellent services, while balancing the books at the same time.

“Local government is at the front of democracy in this country with councillors and officers working at the heart of the communities that they serve.

“Sean and his team at Trafford work hard to ensure everyone across Trafford benefits and they should be applauded for their dedication.”

Leader of the Council, Sean Anstee, said: “I’m tremendously proud of what we have achieved here in Trafford, ensuring households will continue to have the most value for money Council Tax with residents paying less here than anywhere else in the North West.

‘The Council continues to strive to find the right balance between keeping Council Tax low and raising the money we need to fund our essential services, which is seeing us reap the rewards, with job growth and business investment across the region.”

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