Proposals for the 2017/18 budget
The Council has had to make plans to save £13 million from our budget over the next financial year and most of the proposals to do this were published in December 2016.
This is in addition to the Council making savings of £138 million and reducing its workforce by over 1,500 staff, since 2010.
Additional proposals will be added to this webpage as they become available for consultation.
We are having to make these savings due to a reduction in funding from Government, an increasing demand for services as a result of a growing and ageing population and increasing costs for the Council in providing services.
To manage the financial challenge we face and achieve the necessary in-year savings, we're working with partners to get best value for everything we do and focusing any investment on the agreed priorities set out in the Council Plan.
- Every child making the best start in life
- A strong community in a clean and safe environment
- Every adult secure, responsible and empowered
- Extending opportunity, prosperity and planning for the future
- A modern, efficient council
We have put forward an additional £11 million investment in Children's Services and Adult Care, in support of these priorities and as we continue our commitment to our improvement journey. This is proposed for Full Council approval on 7 December.
The level of savings proposals are subject to any further funding reductions the Council may receive in its Local Government Financial Settlement for 2017/18.
Before we set the budget in March 2017 we asked for your views on the proposals, which we know some of which will have an impact on you and your community.
The consultation is now closed - thanks to everyone who took part.
Your feedback is being considered as part of the budget setting process. You can see our response to your frequently asked questions and suggestions below - and more will be added in due course.