Consultation on our draft budget for 2018/19 has now closed.
All comments received will now be considered by councillors who will set the final budget and council tax at a Full Council meeting on Thursday 22 February.
Our budget situation
Like all councils, we are managing our way through a period of significant change to our budgets.
By 2021, it is estimated that just 30 per cent of our funding will come from central government, compared with 60 per cent only four years ago. It means we will become increasingly reliant on council tax and income we can raise from services we charge for, in order to fund services for local residents.
Between 2012 and 2020 we expect to have made ongoing savings of more than £12.5 million, and the annual savings we’ve needed to find has increased from £1 million to £1.5 million.
As a result, we face some very challenging decisions in the years ahead so that we can balance the books.
The 2018/19 draft budget
The majority of savings proposed for 2018/19 do not have any impact on the services we provide. They are largely planned to come from internal reviews and efficiency savings. The cost of some services are proposed to rise.
We also propose a council tax increase of 2.51 percent to our share of the council tax. This would add £5 a year (10p a week) to a band D property.
The following documents outline the proposals: