Councillors Stephen Edwards (Forest Heath District Council cabinet member for resources) and David Ray (his St Edmundsbury Council counterpart) have released a joint statement following the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
“We welcome the news in the Autumn Statement that our councils will not have to deal with any further cuts over and above the drop in revenue support funding of 47 per cent for St Edmundsbury and 49 per cent for Forest Heath that are already facing.
“By working closely together to share services in West Suffolk, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have saved millions of pounds already, including £3.5m from sharing services.
“But we haven’t stopped there and are cracking on with developing plans to plug the gap in our funding without raising council tax through working with our communities to deliver services differently and transforming the way customers access our services.”
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