Taking good care of your money

Our goals for the future

Over the past 10 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. Yet 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 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.

✓ We have also strengthened democratic accountability, by webcasting council meetings so that people can see council decisions being made.

 

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