CAERPHILLY county borough council has revealed its budgets are on track thanks to the success of a range of efficiency measures across the organisation.

“Public services across the UK are facing tough times at the moment due to the current economic climate, but Caerphilly is in a strong position thanks to our sound financial management over the last few years,” said Cllr Colin Mann, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and resources.

“We feel we are well placed to face the challenges of the current economic climate. We have maintained reserves so that we are in a strong position to protect services and continue to serve the needs of our local communities. We have recently committed a further £4m from our reserves for our 21st century schools programme in order to put funds back into the community and benefit future generations” he added.

At the same time the council is easing the financial burden on local people after agreeing to freeze council tax rates this year.

The council also has an effective vacancy management policy in place which is helping to safeguard jobs wherever possible, whilst helping to create efficiency savings across the organisation. The authority has recently launched a scheme to give around 150 young people opportunities for work experience, ranging from short-term placements to positions for graduate entrants.

Caerphilly is also investing in new libraries. An exciting new library and customer service centre has recently opened in Bargoed and a similar scheme will be launched in Risca in December. “We want to send out a clear message that we aim to cut costs, but wherever possible protect services for our local communities,” added Cllr Colin Mann.

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