This consultation is now closed. The final date for feedback was Friday 8 December 2017.

In the last seven years Torbay Council has made budget reductions of £69 million. Further reductions of £9.6 million must be made for 2018/19 in order to produce a balanced budget.

Despite our achievements in delivering balanced budgets to date, continuing austerity means that the identification of further efficiencies, savings and income generation becomes ever harder. We face an immense challenge in preparing and achieving a robust budget year-on-year which will provide the statutory services of the Council, as well as discretionary services which are valued by our communities.

Over the course of the year the Council's Transformation Programme has been supporting the delivery of a number of projects which have either increased income to the Council, reduced the Council’s costs or created services which are more resilient.

The work of the Transformation Programme will continue to achieve further savings and income within 2018/19 and beyond, however demand for children’s and adult social care is increasing and the Government is continuing to reduce the amount of funding it provides to local government.

Therefore, to maintain a balanced budget, it is proposed that there will be some changes to services. This questionnaire highlights the main proposals being put forward in order to contribute to a balanced budget for 2018/19.

More information regarding the proposals can be seen at Fit for the future

Difficult decisions have to be made so we welcome your feedback on the proposals through this six week consultation. Your views will help to inform the final proposals which will be considered by the Council in February 2018, when it will also agree the Council Tax requirement.