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Redditch Borough Council has approved its budget for the coming year.

At its meeting last night (Feb 25) the borough council rubber stamped a balanced budget of £9.543m for the coming year that sees an extra £140,000 for homeless services and £80,000 more to improve waste collections.

It means a 2.2% rise in the borough council’s portion of the local Council Tax taking the charge to the average band D property to £239.15, an increase of £5.15 for the year.

Cllr Tom Baker-Price, Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Corporate Management, said: “We have worked hard in difficult financial circumstances to produce this first balanced budget since taking control of the council last year. We’ve included savings and additional income of over £1.1m and provided, amongst other things, more money for crucial homelessness and waste collection services for people in Redditch.”

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, said: “We continue to focus on providing value for money for residents. We do a whole lot more than just collecting the bins every week, but when we collect them we do it for less than the price of a chocolate bar. That’s great value and we are driving that across all the council’s services, whether that’s maintaining our public spaces, helping people live in their homes, bringing economic development to the town centre or any of the other things we do across Redditch every day.”

The borough council’s decision means the average overall Council Tax in Redditch Borough - across the borough and county councils, police, fire, and with Feckenham Parish Council included - is £1,823.33 this year, an increase of 4.33% or £75.68 for the year.