Budget with lowest tax rate features £1m community investment and emphasis on job prospects

The financial plans of Wigan Council have been unveiled, showcasing the lowest tax rate in Greater Manchester, a £1m investment fund for communities, and key announcements regarding town centre regeneration.

Leader David Molyneux MBE addressed the full council, highlighting the budget’s focus on delivering top-notch services for the borough’s communities. The approved 2024/25 budget includes no cuts to services and a commitment to supporting apprenticeships and extending free parking schemes.

Galliford Try has been revealed as the chosen contractor for the next phase of Wigan town centre’s redevelopment project, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks. Councillor Molyneux expressed pride in the budget’s investments and the positive impact they will have on communities.

The budget features a 2.99 per cent rise in general council tax and an additional two per cent for the government’s adult social care precept. Free weekend parking in Wigan and Leigh town centres has been extended, and the Future Apprenticeships for Business project will receive a £1m boost.

The council’s commitment to apprenticeships has been recognised nationally, with Wigan Borough being named one of the best areas for apprentices. The FAB scheme, which supports local businesses in employing apprentices, will benefit from the additional funding to expand its reach.

The £1m community fund will support grassroots organisations in delivering projects to enrich residents’ lives, aligning with the 50th anniversary of Wigan Council. Despite financial pressures, the council remains focused on delivering balanced budgets and efficient savings to support residents.

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