Chorley Labour Budget Statement 2024/2025

24 Mar 2024 | Economy

Labour Chorley Council Sets the Second Lowest Council Tax Rate in Lancashire and Commits to Maintain Investment in all our Communities.

Labour run Chorley Council has committed to delivering continued investment in vital services and innovative projects for residents, businesses and communities as its 2024/25 budget was approved at the Council meeting in February.

Chorley Borough’s part of the overall Council Tax bill remains the second lowest in Lancashire demonstrating value for money for our residents.

This position has been maintained despite the Tory Government’s failure to adequately support local authorities and its 14-year-long continued decimation of local government funding has meant that the situation we now face is challenging. However, we have worked hard to reduce our costs and maintain services to protect what matters most to our residents. 

Chorley Labour recognises that our communities have been through a huge period of disruption over the last few years, with the ongoing impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis impacting those who live, work, and do business across Chorley. It is therefore vital that we continue to respond to these challenges by making sure that the right services and support measures are in place to help protect our borough.

Like every other Council across the country, Chorley faces ongoing uncertainty around future funding for local government, however, we have been able to continue to invest in local services and to generate income which we are reinvesting into local areas. We are helping to keep Chorley residents money in Chorley

Chorley Labour Party remain committed to being ambitious and efficient in tackling funding challenges that we face and have a successful track record of generating savings by doing things differently.

The council will also continue to support those most vulnerable and in need of additional council tax support through its Council Tax support scheme.  

A range of investments set to be delivered along with vital day-to-day services includes:  

  • to provide housing where residents can live well with £56,000 to improve housing standards across the borough and prevent homelessness. 
  • to create a green and sustainable borough by investing £353,000 to continue to deliver improvements to Chorley’s Bus Shelter Network. 
  • to invest £2 million across 2023/24 and 2024/25 to improve green spaces within the borough and increase the number of parks with a Green Flag Status. 
  • to improve the visitor offer and economy with a £45,000 investment to encourage more visitors to the borough.  
  • to invest £25,000 to focus on the future growth of Chorley’s economy. 
  • to provide healthy, safe, and engaged communities by investing £315,000 to launch an enhanced social prescribing service focused on supporting families and early years and,
  • to invest £117,000 to deliver a health and wellbeing programme to support the needs of residents across the borough. 

The full approved budget and consultation responses can be found at  

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