Crunch meeting as Pendle Council must save £5.5m.

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MORE ideas to save council cash in Pendle will be considered at a key meeting tonight.

The special budget executive meeting will look at various issues, including a recommendation of no increase in Council Tax charges to the public in Pendle.

The council has been successful in arguing Pendle should get more Transitional Grant aid, and it has been increased by £1.3m.

But the council is recommended to save at least £5.5m. over the next five years. The use of Budget Support Reserves from 2011 to 2015 is expected to “smooth” the amount of savings required, but the suggestion is the magnitude of savings will represent some extremely difficult decisions for the council and “may impact on frontline service provision”.

The report to the Executive says: “On the basis of the Government’s present plans, the Transition Grant is not a permanent source of funding for the council; it will not be payable from 2013/14.”

There are proposals to support some community and cohesion groups, including the Multi-Racial Playbus Scheme, Building Bridges Pendle and Pendle Community Network.

It is expected the council will have to save just short of £1m. in 2011/12, and £1.5m. in the following three years.

The final decisions on saving costs will be taken at a meeting of the full council on Thursday next week, when the budget will be set.