Date: 8th December 2020

WINSFORD Town Council is continuing to work on developing its budget for the 2021-22 financial year, beginning on 1st April 2021.

Currently, the Council has a budget in place of £536,393 and charges a precept of the same amount (which equates to £60.05 per Band D property).
Using estimated figures on the budget and how it will work out at the end of March 2021, the Town Council has had a number of discussions prior to making a final decision in January 2021. Further information can be found HERE

These discussions included the following points:

• That the Council has had its income reduced due to the pandemic
• That, on the other hand, some areas of spending have also reduced (although others have increased)

In having these discussions, Town Councillors have looked at a number of different areas including future levels of staffing; improving the parks and open spaces; focusing on activity to improve health and wellbeing; and to enhance income.

The Town Council will now move on to ask residents and others for their views on the budget.

Throughout December and January, the Council will be posting an online survey and will be hosting an ‘Ask Us’ Zoom meeting in January 2021 where residents can put their views forward.

More details on all these initiatives will be posted on the Town Council website and on the Winsford Town Council Facebook page.

Winsford Town Mayor Cllr Don Beckett commented that, “it is a legal responsibility for the Town Council to set a budget each year and we very much want to let people know what we are doing and invite them to have their say”.

“Whilst we know that no one likes to tax, we also know that – without it – we could not provide our parks and open spaces; allotments; grants and events”.

The Mayor concluded, “I hope as many people as possible will take part in this consultation process”.