Budget consultation launch
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From refuse collection to street cleaning, planning, education, social care and road maintenance, we provide a range of services. Your views and opinions are vital in helping us set our priorities on how we spend our budget over the coming year. Excluding schools, we spend over £318 million a year. Central Government provides about £103 million in grants towards these costs. In addition we spend around £173 million on our schools which is fully funded by Government grant.
Over the last three years, we have faced significant financial pressures as a result of national austerity measures. During this time we have protected front line services wherever possible. We have reduced our management levels by 40 per cent, improved our IT technologies and simplified our processes and administration.
These are just some of the measures which we have implemented to date to save £30 million, and we are on track to reach the previous savings target of £43 million by the end of 2014/15.
Cllr John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub-Committee, said: "Work is already underway to achieve a further budget reduction of £40 million by the end of the decade. This will mean we have to reshape some of our services or consider stopping some of them all together. It is important that you have a say in how we shape services in the future and our budget consultation is a key part of this."
You can give us your views in a number of ways. Our roadshow team will be out and about at a shopping centre, supermarket or library near you during November and December to find out about the services you value the most and to hear your views on future Council Tax levels.
Share your views at the following locations:
Wednesday 20 November, Yate Shopping Centre, 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 21 November, Staple Hill Library, 10am to 1pm
Monday 25 November, Kingswood Shopping Centre, 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday 26 November, Sainsburys, Emersons Green, 1pm to 4pm
Wednesday 27 November, Bradley Stoke Willowbrook Centre, 3pm to 7pm
Thursday 28 November, St Mary’s Shopping Centre, Thornbury, 10am to 1pm
Wednesday 4 December, Patchway Hub, 10am to 1pm.
If you can’t make it to any of these events, the budget discussion continues at our Area Forum meetings:
The Chase on November 19 at Kingswood Civic Centre from 7pm
Southern Brooks on November 26, Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 7pm
Frome Vale on November 28, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, 7pm
Severn Vale on December 4, Severn Beach Primary School, 7pm
Kings Forest on December 16, Kingswood Civic Centre, 7pm.
You can give us your feedback on Twitter by joining the debate at sgcbudget
Fill in an online survey at www.southglos.gov.uk/budget
Telephone: 01454 868154
Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET South Gloucestershire Council, Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9TR
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