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Growing the Borough to support our recovery from the pandemic

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council is continuing to deliver its priority of creating a  sustainable Borough as we recover from the pandemic.

Pivotal to this priority is supporting our town centres to be vibrant as well as growing the Borough by attracting more businesses and residents into Knowsley.

The Council has an ambitious Economic Growth Strategy which has been instrumental in the acceleration of new homes in the Borough.

As a result, the Council’s Tax base has increased by 21% since 2013/14 which is the highest rate of growth across the Liverpool City Region and significantly exceeds the average growth across the region of 13%.

The increase in Council Tax generated by this increase equates to an additional £1.260m in 2022/2023, which is helping to fund essential Council services that residents and businesses value and need.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We have ambitious plans for our Borough and I’m delighted to see that our plans are helping to attract more residents into Knowsley. Importantly, this has generated more income which is helping to ensure the services that our residents value and need can continue to be provided.

“Whilst the Government provide us with a grant to fund our services, it is nowhere near enough to cover our rising costs and increasing demands for our services. These costs and financial pressures have also significantly increased as a result of the pandemic and we have had to create new services from scratch, whilst others have been delivered differently.

“The Government assumes that local authorities will meet the funding shortfall through increasing Council Tax, which probably works in more affluent areas, but not in areas like Knowsley.

“However, the increase in our Council Tax base of 21% is a fantastic achievement and we will build on this further moving forward as more people are attracted into the Borough through the diverse range of homes we are providing – in terms of style, size, budget and location.”