Budget Consultation 2013
We spend £10 million a year providing all sorts of services from parks to planning, from business support to emptying bins. Since 2010 we have saved nearly £2 million.
We are now facing one of the biggest challenges we've ever had to deal with. Between 2010/11 and 2017/18, we estimate that we will see a 59% reduction in our funding from central government. This means we have to close a financial gap of over £4 million in our budget by 2017/18.
We have some tough decisions to make about which services we can continue to provide and how we can generate more income. We'll continue to be as efficient as possible and we plan to reduce our management and staffing costs by another £200,000. But that won't be enough.
Between 1 May 2013 and the 30 June 2013, we asked residents and businesses to give us their views to help us find £1.4 million of the £2 million savings we need to make over the next two years. We had a fantastic response. 1,721 residents and 53 businesses responded to our Balancing the budget - have your say survey. A number of residents took part in focus groups, which explored attitudes and feelings towards potential changes to our services and some of the things we charge for.
We heard a presentation of the results on 3 September. This set out the main findings from the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the consultation. You can read the full report of the results.
We have used the consultation results to help us develop our Grow Save Charge Business Plan, which puts forward solutions for increaing our income and making savings so we can close the funding gap. The plan will go before Council on 17 December for approval.