Have your say on Council's 2019-20 budget
22 October 2018Residents, businesses and community groups are being invited to share their views on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s 2019-20 budget proposals. The six-week public consultation opens today, 22 October, and closes on 2 December.
The 2019-20 budget consultation is called ‘Delivering your priorities’. The theme reflects the Council’s continued focus on delivering services that residents said were important in 2016 when the current four-year budget plan was formed.
Councillor Samantha Dixon, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The challenge of supporting vulnerable children, families and adults continues to grow beyond expectations and is placing more pressure on the budget. Most of our proposals from the 2016-20 Budget Plan are on track, but circumstances continue to change and small adjustments need to be made.
“Government funding reductions, at a time of escalating costs, are forcing some councils into severe financial difficulties. I’m glad to say we are not in this position because we have taken a planned and prudent approach, which was informed by your priorities. We want to continue this discussion and ensure we are focusing on the things that matter to local people.”
Like all councils across the UK, Cheshire West and Chester Council has had to find savings due to a reducing budget from central Government and demand pressures. The Council has had to make up a £57-million gap in its budget by 2020 by finding efficiencies and innovative ways of delivering services. Significant savings have been achieved already, for example by saving £2.4 million in administrative efficiencies and £1.9 million in contract reviews and renegotiations.
There are 11 proposals that have not been subject to previous consultation. The Council is also asking residents to comment on some emerging themes that will help shape its next four-year plan (2020-24).
The Council wants to hear from as many people as possible before it makes its decision on the budget. The results will be published in February so everyone can consider how their views have influenced decisions.
Full information is posted on the Council’s website, and people can participate in a number of ways.