Cuts unlikely to avert rates hike

Bills set to rise amid mounting cost pressures

Decision time at Cloonavin

Council HQ at Cloonavin in Coleraine.

Peter Winter

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Peter Winter

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ROCKETING inflation, pay hikes and revenue streams lost to the pandemic have left the local council needing an extra £5.9m to maintain its current level of service over the coming financial year.

And so, as Causeway Coast and Glens councillors prepare to strike rates for 2022/23, they are being asked to consider “efficiencies” in a bid to keep bills as close to last year's as possible.

Minutes of January's Finance Committee meeting describe the council's £5.9m “adverse position” as “a worst case scenario”.

Senior officer are working under the assumption it will reduce by at least 50 per cent.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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