West Berkshire Council

Budget Proposals for 2018/19

These consultations are closed. The budget was adopted by Full Council on 1 March 2018.

Why are we consulting?

Over the past eight years we've had to find savings worth £55m, while at the same time responding to an increase in demand for services. This is due to a reduction in funding from central government which has seen the Revenue Support Grant (worth £33.7m to the council in 2011/12) fall to just £100,000 in 2018/19, ahead of being phased out completely in 2019/20.

We've found these savings by becoming more efficient at what we do, reducing our workforce by over 20 percent over the past seven years, reducing some of our administrative functions and increasing our income. We've also had to make difficult decisions about reductions to some public services. However, throughout this difficult and challenging period we've done our best to protect services.

We now have to find a further £10m worth of savings or additional income in 2018/19, to ensure we deliver a balanced budget. We're proposing that a significant amount of these savings will come from within the council, through making further efficiencies such as re-tendering contracts. However, a number of proposals, amounting to £1m, has been identified from services that will impact the public. 

We have tough decisions to make, and we want and need to make them in the fairest way possible. This means giving everyone a chance to have a say on our budget proposals. We need to understand how they will affect people and communities and the best way for us to find this out is by asking you. We'd also like to know if you have any other suggestions for how we might be able to save money or increase our income.

As well as inviting you to take part in the consultation we'll also be talking to organisations who are directly affected.

We are consulting on:

Citizens Advice West Berkshire
Garden Waste Collection Service
Neighbour Notification Letters for Planning Applications

These consultations ran from 27 November 2017 to 10 January 2018.

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