The latest round of budget savings proposals, part of £3.6 million of savings for 2019/20, have been approved and will now go forward to a full council meeting in December 2018.
A 45-day consultation ended in September 2018 before a meeting of our cabinet considered the proposals.
The 3 proposals that have been approved are:
- Review of voluntary sector grant to homelessness prevention services
- Reduction of funding to community centres
- Review of the contract for welfare advice and legal services
A proposal on residents' parking permits will be subject to further review.
'we need to ensure the council lives within its means'
Government reductions in our funding means £178.1 million has already been cut from services over the past 9 years. Further savings need to be made for 2019/20 so that a balanced budget can be set. We need to find a further £17.4 million of savings; £5.8 million from general council services and £11.6 million from health and social care integration.
Our leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Allen Brett, said:
"Residents can be assured we fully understand the financial challenge we continue to face and have a good track record in delivering savings. We have no choice but to set a balanced budget so we need to ensure the council lives within its means. Savings continue to be made as part of day-to-day improvements in the way we operate and ongoing work with our partners to integrate the council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group will generate savings while enhancing the services provided."
Find out more about our financial challenge and how to give your views and money saving ideas.
Watch this video on YouTube to find out how we spend your money, why we need to save more, what we've done already and how you can help.