The Mayor announced his draft budget for 2013/14 at the beginning of December 2012 which included a number of proposals for savings across all Council departments. Details of these proposals were published online, along with a series of service reviews which outlined details of what services do and how much they cost to run.
Summary of results
Event and Budget Simulator Feedback
- At the event held in September 2012, there was some support for raising Council Tax and a variety of savings were suggested across all Council departments.
- Through the online budget simulator, respondents suggested smaller reductions in children’s services and larger reductions for environmental policy and development and conservation.
- Respondents feel that adult social care, waste and cleaning and children’s services are the most important services
- Respondents felt that savings could be made in arts and culture, parking and the Economic Development Company.
- There was a fairly balanced view in relation to raising Council Tax, with 51.3% of respondents saying they would choose the Government’s offer of a one-grant if Council Tax was frozen.
- Most respondents (78.5%) support limiting the period of time for which community alarms are paid for to three months.
- Most respondents (78.4%) support reducing community protection.
- Most respondents (75.0%) support reducing the beach season.
- More than half of respondents (67.0%) support stopping the Brixham park and ride.
- Nearly all respondents (86.9%) support replacing the ring and ride service with other forms of transport.
- Less than half of respondents (45.4%) support reducing support for subsidised bus routes
- Most respondents (73.8%) support reducing the book fund.
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