The Executive Committee was presented with a series of financial reports, including a 2019/20 budget strategy paper which outlined plans to make efficiencies totalling £13.181 million in order to balance the budget.
The budget strategy paper (including the detailed savings on the appendix) comes after the council has already made savings in the last decade of £166m, with pressures continuing on local authorities’ budgets due to increases in costs and demand for services at a time when funding has remained static or declined.
The latest proposals are designed to try to protect key frontline services as far as possible.
Members will require to make a decision on the savings proposals. Before these decisions are made we are taking this opportunity to gather views from local residents.
To put this into context, our total revenue budget for this year will be in the region of £700m.
We recently asked everyone for their views on our budget proposals. The online survey closed on Sunday 3 February 2019. Thanks to everyone who completed the form.