Lichfield District Council avoids using nearly £500,000 from its coffers

Lichfield District Council has avoided having to use nearly £500,000 from its coffers.

The local authority had approved £636,930 of general reserves to be used during 2013/14 as it battles to balance the books after Government cuts.

Lichfield District Council's offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council’s offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

But a report to a meeting of the Strategic (Overview and Scrutiny) Committee on Tuesday (September 23) reveals that only £143,748 was needed.

A Fit for the Future programme across the council is aiming to reduce the amount of money the local authority spends – with the latest report showcasing a number of areas which had managed to come in under budget.

However, the report highlighted a drop in council tax collection performance of 0.4%.

“This is in line with the national drop in collection rates and takes into account the changes to council tax support due to the welfare reforms and technical changes,” the report added.

“The authority’s collections rate at 98.9% remains well above the national average for collection of 97%”

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    18th September, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Well done Lichfield DC.
    Neighbouring west midland councils should take note, instead of hand-wringing and bleating about savage cuts.