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We want your views on savings plans

25 July 2018

Councillor Allen Brett.

A 45-day consultation is being launched as Rochdale plans to save a further £3.6 million for General Services.

The latest budget savings proposals were considered by our cabinet on Tuesday, 24 July 2018.

Budget gap for 2019/20 is £3.6 million

The proposals were drafted in response to government funding reductions and increased demand for our services. They will now go forward for a 45-day consultation which runs from 9am on Friday, 27 July 2018 until 5pm on Monday, 10 September 2018. The current budget gap for 2019/20 is estimated to be £3.6 million.

£178.1 million cut from our services over the last 9 years

Government funding reductions have resulted in us cutting £178.1 million from services over the past 9 years. Further savings need to be made for 2019/20 so we can set a balanced budget.

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Allen Brett, said: “These are proposals - not decisions, so we want to hear our residents' views.

"As always, we continue to look for ways to reduce spending or increase income which have the least impact on frontline service delivery. Savings continue to be made as part of day-to-day improvements in the way we operate, but the funding we receive from central government has significantly reduced while the cost of services and the demand for them has increased, so tough decisions still need to be made. We welcome our residents' thoughts on how can achieve savings".

Residents are being asked to give their views on savings proposals

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 to consider the consultation responses before final decisions are made at Budget Council in February 2019.