Post Tagged with: "budget"

FEATURE: Ways to better manage your money in 2024

FEATURE: Ways to better manage your money in 2024

Money management is an important skill that we must always strive to keep honing, but the good news is managing our finances doesn’t need to be a daunting task.

Mostly, what we need to do is understand where our money comes from and track where it goes so we can create a plan we can stick to.

May 28, 2024
Cheshire East Council refused access to Govt support for special needs

Cheshire East Council refused access to Govt support for special needs

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East has been refused access to a government support scheme to help its ballooning special needs budget deficit.

The deficit looks set to be an eye-watering £285 million by 2031, despite mitigation measures.

April 30, 2024
The ultimate car buying guide: Tips and tricks for finding your dream vehicle

The ultimate car buying guide: Tips and tricks for finding your dream vehicle

Buying a car is a significant investment and an exciting milestone, but navigating the car-buying process can be overwhelming.

With numerous options, financing considerations, and negotiation tactics to consider, it’s essential to approach the process informed and prepared.

March 30, 2024
LETTER: Chancellor’s Budget was a “confused exercise”

LETTER: Chancellor’s Budget was a “confused exercise”

Dear Editor,
What a confused exercise the Chancellor’s Budget turned out to be, pointing in all directions.

He claimed to have cut taxes, but because of the stealth tax increases he and Rishi Sunak introduced earlier, the record level of tax will increase not decrease.

March 12, 2024
How to choose the right family car for your budget

How to choose the right family car for your budget

Choosing the right family car involves careful thought. Your lifestyle needs, budget constraints and long-term financial goals play important roles in your decision.

If you have young children, it’s also worth thinking about how their needs might change as they grow up.

March 11, 2024
CEC approves 4.99% rise in Council Tax and mothballing tips

CEC approves 4.99% rise in Council Tax and mothballing tips

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East councillors have approved a budget for the next financial year which includes mothballing three tips and increasing council tax by 4.99%.

The council voted by 43 to 32 in favour of the budget which brings in a raft of savings measures including emergency tip closures at Bollington, Middlewich and Poynton from April.

February 28, 2024
Cash-strapped Cheshire East applies for Govt help worth £17.6m

Cash-strapped Cheshire East applies for Govt help worth £17.6m

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cash-strapped Cheshire East Council has applied to the government for exceptional financial support in the form of a capitalisation direction for up to £17.6m.

This means the council won’t receive extra money but is able to create a “negative reserve” similar to that already in place for the overspend on the special educational needs budget.

February 16, 2024
Cheshire East to rubber stamp budget with 4.99% council tax rise

Cheshire East to rubber stamp budget with 4.99% council tax rise

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East looks set to rubber stamp a budget later this month which includes the expected 4.99% council tax hike and the emergency closure of three tips from April.

The corporate policy committee yesterday (Tuesday) voted by eight to five in favour of recommending the proposed 2024/25 budget to full council for approval.

February 14, 2024
Schools could lose catering service amid further Cheshire East cuts

Schools could lose catering service amid further Cheshire East cuts

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
The catering service that dozens of schools rely on to feed pupils could be axed amid further cuts planned by Cheshire East Council.

Schools across the borough have different arrangements in place, including some buying back from Cheshire East’s catering service or use another third party provider. Some schools provide lunches themselves.

February 6, 2024
Adult social care costs rocketing with £5m overspend likely

Adult social care costs rocketing with £5m overspend likely

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Adult social care costs are rocketing in Cheshire East with some needs so complex it can cost about £9,000 a week for one person, councillors were told.

Jill Broomhall, director of adults and social care, said the average age of people being assessed for care need in the borough was 89.

January 22, 2024
LETTER: Cheshire East Council Budget Consultation 2024-25

LETTER: Cheshire East Council Budget Consultation 2024-25

Dear Editor,
In one of the documents of Cheshire East Council Budget Consultation, you show that central support has dropped for £55M to near zero over 10 years, then state that “The council must therefore do things differently for less”

January 17, 2024
One in eight posts at cash-strapped Cheshire East Council are vacant

One in eight posts at cash-strapped Cheshire East Council are vacant

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Nearly an eighth of posts at Cheshire East Council are vacant as the cash-strapped authority tries to slash its wage bill to help balance its books.

Cheshire East is currently forecasting a £13 million overspend by the end of this financial year in March – but is still hoping to find a way to break even.

January 17, 2024
Less than two thirds sign up to Cheshire East garden waste scheme

Less than two thirds sign up to Cheshire East garden waste scheme

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council could fail to rake in the £4m it hoped from its garden waste collections because less than two thirds of residents needed have so far subscribed.

As from this month, garden waste will only be collected if residents have paid the new annual £56 subscription fee.

January 11, 2024