Shadow council budget hits £2.3m

The budget for the new ABC super council is expected to be more than £2.3m, of which ratepayers will fork out £1.2m.

The figures are for just nine months from June this year until the proper council comes into action in April 2015.

It is broken down as £884,967 for members allowances and costs, £711,067 for staff costs, £367,500 for other expenses and £345,000 for other transition expenses. £1m will come from central government.