This consultation is now closed. The final date for feedback was 16 December 2016.

The draft proposals for the Council’s revenue and capital budget for 2017/2018 were published along with a questionnaire designed to gather feedback on those proposals. Everyone’s ideas on the proposals and how we can continue to deliver as many valued services as possible, alongside those we have to provide by law, were welcomed. All views were taken into consideration. Ideas on how the Council can meet the on-going financial challenges in future years were also welcomed.

The council is committed to creating a prosperous and healthy bay and a council fit to meet the challenges of the future. In order to meet the financial challenges the Council will, through its Transformation Programme, find alternative ways of working and do things differently. Central Government reductions in local government grants and increasing demands on our services mean that difficult decisions have to be made.

£21.5 million pounds worth of savings need to be made by 2020 - that’s on top of the £62 million already made in the last six years. In total, the cumulative impact of reductions over 9 years from 2011/12 to 2019/20 to achieve a balanced budget will be over £400m.

Service change, income generation and efficiencies totaling £6 million were proposed for 2017/18. Despite this, the Council still spends approximately £3.2m per week on services in the community (excluding funding for schools and housing benefit payments), and we also plan to spend more than £40m on capital schemes. More information regarding these proposals can be on the Budget 2017/18 page.