West Berkshire Council

Budget Proposals for 2017/18

These consultations are closed. The budget was decided by Full Council on 2 March 2017.

You can view the minutes from the Full Council Meeting on 2 March 2017 online.


Over the last five years, we've had to find savings of £41m. Since 2012/13, the government has given us less money by reducing the Revenue Support Grant by £30m, whilst over the same period we have seen increased demand for our services, so we've had to do more for less money.

Despite having to make unprecedented levels of savings, we've done our very best to keep our services running. We've done this by becoming more efficient at what we do, reducing back office support and increasing our income. We've also reduced our workforce by 10.6%. Unfortunately, to find this level of savings, we've also had to reduce or stop some services.

For 2017/18, we estimated that our budget would be £117m. To achieve a balanced budget (a legal requirement for local authorities) we had to find £8m. This figure consisted of savings, increases in our income or a mixture of both. We've identified just under £1m of savings and potential income, which will come from services that might directly impact on you. The remaining amount will be found through internal restructures and a potential increase in Council Tax. 

We estimated a further £14m will need to be found for the following two years.  This means a total of £22m will need to be identified over the next three years.

We've had tough decisions to make, and we wanted and needed to make them in the fairest way possible. This meant giving everyone a chance to have a say on our budget proposals.

 

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Highway and Drainage Maintenance

Highway Fees and Charges, including Parking

Home to School Transport for Post 16 Special Educational Needs and Disabilties

Restructure of the Youth Support, Family Resource, Help for Families and Young Carers Services

Road Safety

Urban Grass Cutting

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