Councillors ‘urgently reviewing’ budget proposals after flood devastation

Concillor Tim Swift outside Halifax Town Hall.
Concillor Tim Swift outside Halifax Town Hall.

The leader of Calderdale Council has warned the floods could further impact the forthcoming council budget.

After flooding severely affected the Calder Valley, coun Tim Swift said he was “urgently reviewing” proposals as well as lobbying central government for extra funds to help te flood victims.

He said: “Whatever external support we get, we have to look at resources we can put in as well.

“We were finalising our budget proposals when this happened, but I am now urgently reviewing them to make sure we have the resources we need.”

Calderdale Council has begun helping with an extensive cleanup operation around Sowerby Bridge, Elland, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. It has also offered council tax breaks to people whose properties have been affected, along with £500 hardship money for each household.

The council had been told it needed to make £9.6 million of cuts by 2017/18, with at least another £20 million cut by 2018/19. The budget is to be set by the end of March.