Council agrees budget that protects frontline services

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East Renfrewshire Council today (Thursday 28 February) agreed a budget plan for 2019/20 which strives to protect frontline services, jobs and the area’s most vulnerable residents.

The council will deliver a balanced budget for the year ahead and also announced details of significant investment worth a total of £212m in a range of ambitious infrastructure projects.

These projects include new nurseries, schools and improved leisure facilities as well as the first new council houses in the area for a generation. And a fresh commitment to spend an extra £15m on the area’s roads was also announced.

In setting the budget, councillors also approved an increase to Council Tax of three per cent – sticking to the plan which was agreed last year when it unveiled a three-year budget.

The council also confirmed it had no plans to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy or Tourist Tax.

East Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “We face ongoing pressures in East Renfrewshire as a result of both a rising elderly population and growing numbers of young people. This considerable double challenge places high demands on our schools and nurseries, and social care services.

“Despite these challenges, we have been able to balance the books and progress plans to deliver a number of major projects which will improve the services which matter most to our residents.”