Budget Proposals for 2016/17 - Phase One
Phase 1 Budget Proposal Consultations are now closed.
Results have been published following the Full Council meeting on the 1 March 2016 and can be viewed on the relevant page for each consultation.
Why are we consulting?
Over the last four years we have had to make savings of £23m because we've received less money from central government. We have done this by becoming more efficient at what we do, by reducing some of our administrative functions and increasing our income. Throughout this period we have done our best to protect your services.
We now have to find another £20m over the next four years, with almost £11m to be found in 2016/17. Much of this will come from further efficiencies within the council but £4.6m will have to come from services that will impact the public. As we look at ways to meet this challenging financial situation we want your views on our budget proposals as they may have an impact on you or your community. Before making any decisions on these proposals, it's crucial that we hear your thoughts on our proposals and, more importantly, how the impact of these proposals could be reduced.
Our consultation runs until 14 December 2015 and you can find details of our budget proposals along with how to have your say below. As well as inviting you to take part in the consultation we'll also be talking to those organisations directly affected to listen to their views on any impact on them.
In this video, Chief Executive, Nick Carter, explains why these budget proposals are necessary, how the council budget is spent and how we decided upon the proposals we're now consulting on.