By SEHERISH MAHMOOD

Ambition runs through the latest budget issued by Kirklees Council.

By focussing on the priorities of investment in key services and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities, the council has high ambitions for what it can achieve in the coming months.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “This is a budget of ambition which shows our commitment to making a real and positive difference in the lives of our citizens. It sets out our vision and ambition to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities by developing a strong and sustainable economy.

“Our plans will protect the vulnerable, invest in young people, and rejuvenate the local infrastructure. It sends a positive message and supports the whole of Kirklees.”

The budget includes a suggested 2.99% increase in council tax (excluding fire, police and parish council precepts), which would allow a further £5.2million of investment.

Cllr Pandor added: “We have a focus on adult social care, which is a growing pressure across the country. Another key priority is to help children and young people enjoy the best start in life. We will do this in many ways, including through money for youth provision and disability services.

“We are committed to regeneration, for example by investing in all of our town and village centres, supporting businesses and by improving the environment on a ward-by-ward basis.”

The full proposals are on the council website. The draft budget will be discussed by Cabinet members on January 29th and will then move to a meeting of all Kirklees councillors in February.