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Last chance to have your say on council’s savings plans

04 January 2017

Councillor Allen Brett.

There are only a few days left to have your say on our latest savings plans.

A 45-day consultation on how we can make savings began in November (2016) and the deadline for feedback is 5pm on Monday, 9 January 2017.

Government reductions in our funding, along with increases in costs and demand for services, means £159 million has already been cut from services over the past seven years. Further savings need to be made by 2019 so that a balanced budget can be set.

Councillor Allen Brett, our cabinet member for finance, said:

"The amount of money we get from the government has reduced drastically and the demand for our services has increased.  We are still having to make some very tough decisions about the services we provide. We have already delivered significant savings while protecting the services that matter most to our residents but the task of making further cuts while setting a balanced budget gets tougher each year. The borough has no choice but to manage our way through this challenge as best we can, and with as little disruption as possible to residents who rely on council services. We will do everything we can to continue to protect the services and support which our residents and local communities need and value.  We want your views on the services where savings are proposed to be made so please look at the proposals and have your say."

'We have already delivered significant savings while protecting the services that matter most to our residents'

Details of the savings proposals, a video explaining how the council spends its resources, what we have done already to save money and why we need to save more - Savings plans.

Final decisions are due to be made at a meeting of the Budget Fixing Council on Wednesday, 1 March 2017, but the financial challenge is likely to continue into future years.

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