Budget set and mileage cut to save money

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North Yorkshire County council members have agreed to drop their mileage allowances as part of the bid to cut costs.

It was also agreed at a full council meeting on Wednesday that the council tax will be frozen for 2011/2012 following a previous recommendation while mileage allowances will be reduced from 48.5p to 40p.

North Yorkshire County Council says while it has to cut costs, £69 million over four years, it realises householders are facing difficult economic conditions.

Speaking at today’s meeting, North Yorkshire’s leader, County Councillor John Weighell said: “I believe this is the best budget in the circumstances. I don’t like the frontloading, I don’t like any reduction in services and I don’t like the effect these cutbacks will have on the county’s economy but we really have had no choice but to set this budget.”

However, proposals to make special needs students aged between 16 and 19 pay for their own school transport were dropped after interventions from councillors.

They decided that the £70,000 savings which had to be made should be found from elsewhere.