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A budget for the benefit of all

February 23, 2009 9:00 PM
By David Goodall in Eastleigh Borough Council

I will, of course, be supporting the Liberal Democrats budget with the proposed 1.8% average increase in the Eastleigh Borough Council Tax. The consist effect of keeping the regressive Council Tax low over 6 Years has been and will continue to be of great benefit to all the Boroughs residents.

On the issue of concessionary travel David Airey has given a detailed explanation of the services offered, which are in excess of the requirement we have to offer. He explained about:-

  • The all day everyday bus pass
  • The use of this pass on all four services offered by One Community including the regular shopping trips.
  • And the greatly expanded Hospital Taxis service.

However one thing not mentioned were the detailed costs. Fortunately I asked Nick Tustan, the Chief Financial Officer, about this earlier today. So the totals are:-

  • The Concessionary Travel budget is £1,343,000
  • The Direct Government Grant for this is £312,000

This means the net cost to the council is £1,031,000

This I would submit to council is a great more than nothing as has been alleged by some. I would therefore urge all councillors to support this budget as has been presented.