Taking good care of your money

Our goals for the future

Over the past 12 years, the pressures on council finances from government cutbacks have been enormous. More recently the lockdown has caused a huge drop in council income, only partly made up for by government grants. And this year, rampant inflation is pushing up the cost of providing local services and causing hardship to many of our residents.

Throughout this time, far-sighted Liberal Democrat leadership on Cheltenham Borough Council has protected our local services and increased efficiency while avoiding large increases in council tax. In particular:

✓  The Council won 2 different awards for being ‘Best Commercial Council’ in 2019, based on success of imaginative investments. All of these investments were made in Cheltenham, supporting the local economy and generating a return for council tax payers..

✓ An external review showed the council’s street cleaning service through Ubico providing excellent value for money. 

✓ We maximised the use of our council offices by letting out parts of building.

✓ We introduced the Cheltenham Lottery which provides extra income for many local charities and community groups.

✓ We were the first council to invest in peer-to-peer lending to support new local businesses.

✓ We have used technology to provide more ways to access council services.


Now we are determined to continue our investment in Cheltenham’s future. In particular:

✓ We are still committed to delivering on our ambition to be the Cyber Capital of the UK, and the inclusion of the Golden Valley development and our own council in the Government’s recent National Cyber Strategy is testament to the work that’s gone into achieving this vision.

✓ We are still committed to making Cheltenham a carbon net zero Council and town.

✓ We are still committed to revitalising our town centre and supporting sustainable and inclusive growth and recovery for all our residents and communities.

✓ And we are still committed to our £180 million housing investment plan.


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