Labour-run Maghull Town Council freezes charges for paid-for cou

Maurice Byrne


Labour-run Maghull Town Council has frozen charges for town council paid-for services to protect community groups during difficult financial times, Cllr Maurice Byrne said this week.

Councillors have agreed only to increase the price of paid-for charges provided by the town council, such as room hire, in line with inflation - a real terms freeze.

Cllr Byrne said he and his Labour colleagues on the town council were determined not to add any further financial burden on already hard-pressed community groups.

Cllr Byrne said: "While we need to ensure that we cover the costs the groups and individuals pay for town council services, we did not want to put any further increase on local community groups or individuals.

"We wanted to keep the increase as low as possible, so we decided to increase it only in line with inflation. Effectively freezing it in real terms.

"When money is tight, people have suffered pay freezes, many have lost their jobs, it would be wrong to do anything else. My Labour colleagues and I were all unanimous in that fact."

The proposal was drawn up by Maghull Town Council's Finance Committee last week. It will now go to full council for final approval.

The full council is also set to discuss the full budget, which includes what council tax precept it is likely to agree on.

Cllr Byrne said community groups that use town council services play a "vitally important role" in Maghull and need to be supported.

Cllr Byrne said: "We have some fantastic community groups here in Maghull. Many of them use town council services in some shape or form. This includes use of the town hall.

"The people who use those services really value them. They add value to the lives of many people from Maghull. My Labour colleagues and I on Maghull Town Council value that.

"We want to help these community groups to thrive and continue to play the important role they play in our community. Whether that be through the service they provide, or through the sense of belonging and involvement that lots of the groups offer to participants.

"That's why the Labour councillors on Maghull Town Council were adamant not to increase service charges for use of town council services."


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