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* 1. We propose a council tax increase of 1.95 per cent, which is less than the rate of inflation. We need to increase our share of council tax to maintain the services we provide for you. We welcome your comments on this proposal.

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* 2. We plan to raise all our fees and charges by RPI in line with current inflation rates. These include planning, licensing, car parking and The Beacon Museum. We need to increase fees and charges to maintain the services we provide for you. We welcome your comments on this proposal.

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* 3. We are not anticipating changing our budget for open spaces. However, we have received negative feedback from residents regarding the upkeep of our cemeteries. Therefore, there could be the opportunity to reprioritise to concentrate more on cemeteries, with a reduction on other open spaces. We welcome your comments on this proposal.

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* 4. We have brought over 30 empty homes back into use by working with home-owners over the past 12 months. However, there are still over 1,000 empty homes in the borough. What suggestions do you have to bring more empty homes back into use?

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* 5. Last year, we launched a £500,000 town centre regeneration scheme, which has supported over 80 businesses improve their external appearance. What do you think our other priorities should be for town centres?

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* 6. Copeland Council is one of the few councils nationally that delivers sandbags directly to residents in the event of flooding. We offer this service free of charge and we budget for £12,000 per year. Should we continue to provide this service free or charge, or should we encourage residents to use flood-prevention options that can be purchased?

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* 7. It currently costs Copeland Council £54,000 per year to replace residents' damaged bins. Should we continue to provide this service free or charge, or should we charge residents for this service?

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* 8. It currently costs Copeland Council £107,000 per year to collect residents' brown (garden) bins. Should we continue to provide this service free or charge, or should we charge residents for this service?

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* 9. Copeland Council has strong partnerships in place to deliver targeted services and to support our residents affected by welfare reform. Should we continue to offer this support, and in which areas should our level of support increase?

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* 10. What other suggestions would you like to make to the Mayor in terms of his budget?

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