Council budget for 2014-2015
Introduction by Gordon Lundie, Leader of West Berkshire Council.
£4.4 million of that we can achieve by continuing to change things behind the scenes you won't necessarily notice. For example, technology means we can sometimes do the same for less money and we're re-negotiating some contracts. That said, with staffing and management already significantly reduced, savings in front-line services can no longer be avoided.
In November I also showed you a list of services where we proposed to make savings. We asked for your feedback on what the impact would be for those who use those services, and for any suggestions on how we could reduce that impact.
Thank you to everyone who responded. In the video presented here, I summarise what you have said, explain how we have listened to your suggestions, and how we have amended our proposed budget to reflect your thoughts.
The good news is that, although our government grant has been reduced as we predicted, the local economy has improved. This is turn means that we are able to pull back on some of the proposed savings without having to look elsewhere to reduce costs.
A summary of the conclusions and recommendations drawn from the feedback you gave, and how it affects our budget, is given here. [118kb]. Full details on each of the proposed savings are given in the links below.
We are now in a position to propose a budget for the coming financial year. A report giving all the details will go before a meeting of the council's Executive on 13 February. In the video, I give some of the budget headlines. The full report can be seen here.
I'm pleased to say that what we are proposing is a budget that meets the need to make savings, that adds investment to the district, and that proposes no rise from West Berkshire Council in council tax.
Links to the summaries of feedback received:
For full details, including verbatim responses received, please visit Consultation Finder