Good housekeeping crucial to Council
Bedford Borough Council completed the 2010/11 financial year
within its budget, despite an extremely challenging backdrop.
A report received by the Council’s Executive on Wednesday
details how close monitoring of budgets through the year and sound
financial management enabled the Council to come in 1.6% within
Mayor Dave Hodgson responded to the report by commenting that
such commitment to controlling Council spending will be crucial as
the Council embarks on the process of saving a ‘massive’ £36
million over the next four years.
Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Putting together a
balanced budget is only half the job; staying within that budget is
vital. We worked throughout the year to ensure that we kept Council
spending on track and were able to avoid any damaging overspend on
the agreed budget.
“We took effective, swift action to deal with the inevitable
pressures and unforeseen challenges that came our way. It is
essential that we retain this total commitment to looking after
taxpayers’ money within our budgets as we face the considerable
challenge of saving a massive £36 million from Council spending
over the next four years.
“We will soon be asking residents for their views on the
Council’s budget in the coming years. We want to continue a
genuine, open dialogue with residents about their priorities and
ideas for how the Council can spend, and save, most effectively
over this period.”
Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:
“This report highlights the rigorous monitoring of budgets which we
carry out to protect taxpayers’ money. The savings required over
the next four years are vast, but we have established a regime of
sound housekeeping which will stand us in good stead as we set
about achieving them.”