Labour proposes alternative district budget for Covid recovery in North West Leicestershire

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22nd Feb 2021 | Local News

Labour Councillors on North West Leicestershire District Council have submitted a series of proposed improvements to the Council's budget.

They feature new initiatives to help recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as additional investment in new council houses and electric vehicle charging points.

Labour Group Leader, Sean Sheahan, explained, "Our alternative budget sets out a series of fully costed proposals to help the district recover from the social and economic effects of the pandemic.

"We're bidding for extra help for people facing homelessness, serious debt or domestic crises.

"We also see a role for the council in supporting business start-ups, particularly in the creative industries and we are keen to set aside money for community support and building back greener."

The package also includes investment in 40 new houses for rent, and a £1 million+ boost to energy efficient housing and electric vehicle charging points.

Cllr Sheahan added: "The Council is due to repay a £13 million loan in 2021/22.

"By rolling over about £5 million of that, we can provide some much needed new homes for families on the waiting list, whilst the rest of the investment will help the council keep pace with its climate emergency commitments."

     

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