Town hall book balancing turns up trumps

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DESPITE huge finacial challenges, Calderdale Council has again manged to balance its books.

In the last financial year, it spent £184.7 million on services and received £184.6 million from the Government and council taxpayers.

The additional £117,000 was funded from balances.

During 2011/12, nearly £40 million was spent on altering and improving roads, schools, children’s centres, housing and other projects.

The council’s Labour leader Tim Swift said a prudent approach towards balancing the books had been matched by effectively targeting resources.

“This has been a really challenging year and we need to ensure that we make careful use of our resources to provide for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Coun Swift (Town).