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Savings plans

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Consultation on these savings proposals closed at 5pm on Monday, 9 January 2017. During Autumn and Winter 2017 we will have a range of other proposals for you to comment on.

Savings for 2017/18 and 2018/19​

Since 2010 we've agreed savings of £159 million, however, by 2019 we need to save £38.8 million more.

We're preparing for another challenging savings programme, following reductions in government funding, rising costs and increased demand for our services. As we'll have less money in the future, fewer staff, we won't be able to do as much, it's important that we focus on the things that matter to our residents.

We're currently considering how we can find savings of a further £38.8 million and we will be working closely with partners, residents and service users to achieve this.

A number of savings have already been identified which do not impact on services to the public and are, therefore, not considered as part of this consultation.

Budget savings consultation will be an ongoing process until we meet our savings target.

How you can help

We’ve a range of proposals for you to comment on. As well as specific feedback on the proposals we want to know about any ideas you have that could improve your neighbourhood, or mean that we use what funds we have better.

Group 1 proposals

Group 1 proposals closed on Monday, 28 November 2016. The Cabinet considered all the consultation feedback as part of the budget process to feed into Budget Fixing Council on Wednesday,1 March 2017. View a full list of group 1 proposals approved at Cabinet (743kb pdf)

Group 2 proposals

Consultation closed at 5pm on Monday, 9 January 2017. View and comment on the proposals.

​Reference number​​Service​Proposal​​​Summary
​​ACS-2017-340Adult Care​​Community Opportunities ContractThe contract for the community opportunities service will not be retendered when the contract ends in August 2017.
​CS-2017-341​Children's ServicesChildren's Centre Phase 2 ReviewThe proposal recommends the reduction in management and frontline staff in recognition that the level of service provided in children's centres transferred to schools has reduced.
​CS-2017-342​Children's ServicesReview of Edge of Care provision​To reshape the operational service model of Rochdale's Edge of Care Service (The Bridge) through the enhancement of outreach services across 7 days per week combined with overnight short breaks offered a maximum of 4 days per week.
​NH-2017-343Neighbourhoods​​Community Group subsidies​Removal of payment to schools, which allows schools to offer reduced room hire charges to community groups.
​NH-2017-345​NeighbourhoodsReview of Library Service ProvisionChanges to library services in the borough. Specifically closure of the mobile library service and reduction in the book fund by 15%.

If you've other suggestions for saving money or improving council services send us your views and ideas.

Other ways to have your say

We're holding meetings across the borough to give you the opportunity to have your say. No need to book just turn up​

​​ ​​Date​​​​​​Time​​​​​​​ ​Meeting​​ ​Location
Thursday ​24 November 2016​2pm​Council leader's meeting with pensionersFloor 1 Training Suite​​, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale​
OL16 1XU​
​Monday 28 November 2016​6.15pm ​Heywood Township CommitteePhoenix Centre, L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, H​eywood OL10 1LR​
Tuesday 29 November 2016​6.15pmPennines Township​​​ CommitteeFloor 1 training suite​​, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale​
OL16 1XU
​Wednesday 30 November 2016​6.15pm ​​Rochdale Township CommitteeFloor 1 Training Suite​​, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale​
OL16 1XU​​​​
​Thursday 1 December 2016​6.15pm ​Middleton Township Committee​​Demesne Community Centre, Asby Close, Middleton​ M24 4JF
​Thursday 1 December 2016​6.30pm ​Central Rochdale Area Forum​Wardleworth Community Centre, ​​South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP​
​Monday 5 ​December 2016​6.30pm ​Milkstone and Deeplish Area Forum​​Deeplish Community Centre, Hare Street, Rochdale OL11 1JT​
​Monday 5 ​December 2016​6.30pm ​Bamford and Oakenrod Area Forum​Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Bamford OL11 5PQ​​
Thurs​day 8 December 2016​10am ​Voluntary Sector Partnership​Kashmir Youth Project, Belfield Road, Rochdale, OL16 2UP​​
Thurs​day 8 December 2016​6.30pm ​Healey Area ForumSyke Methodist Church, Dewhirst Road, Syke, Rochdale​ OL12 9TF
Thurs​​day 8 December 2016​6.30pm ​Brimrod, Marland and Sudden Area forumBrimrod Methodist Church, Roch Valley Way, Rochdale OL11 4PZ​​
Tuesday 13 December 2016​6.30pm ​Balderstone and Kirkholt Community meetingKingsway Park High School, Turf Hill Road, Rochdale OL16 4XA​​
Tuesday 13 December 2016​​​7pm​Littleborough ​and Wardle community
Littleborough United Reformed Church, Victoria Street, Littleborough​ OL15 9BY​
Wednesday 14 December 2016​7pm ​Norden Area ForumNorden Community Primary School, Shawfield Lane, Norden, Rochdale
OL12 7RQ​​
Thursday 15 December 2016​7pm ​Spotland and Falinge Area Forum​Spotland Methodist Church, Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale OL12 7ES​

​​​​What happens following close of consultation?

Following the end of public consultation we'll bring together your feedback and provide details of this to councillors before they make final decisions at Budget Fixing Council on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

The post consultation report for those proposals where consultation has already concluded was presented to Cabinet on Monday, 21 November 2016 to decide if they go forward to Budget Fixing Council on Wednesday, 1 March 2017. View the Cabinet report (743kb pdf).

Agreed savings since 2010

Summary of key savings include:

  • Reduced the council's workforce.
  • Changed terms and conditions of staff.
  • Used council buildings more effectively.
  • Improved and increased partnership working.
  • Delivered services in a different way such as social enterprises.
  • Used technology to deliver services more efficiently.
  • Increased income.
  • Revised service delivery levels.  

Residents have also helped by

  • Recycling more.
  • Paying Council Tax and Business Rates by Direct Debit.
  • Accessing services online.

More ways you can help with the council's budget ​challenge​​


Rochdale Borough Council
Public Consultation
PO Box 100
Rochdale OL16 9NP

Financial challenge 2017/18

​Your help and ideas are really important. Watch this short film to find out how we spend your money, why we need to save more, what we've done already and how you can help.

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More about how you can help.