6 January 2017
The budget planning process for 2017/18 is already underway and we want you, and as many other Sheffield people and organisations as possible, to have the opportunity to help shape how we meet this latest budget challenge.
Your feedback, thoughts and suggestions will inform the decisions made about the budget we have to set, the way we look to identify future savings and how we transform the way we work.
Once we have got all your views, they will be used by Councillors to help make decisions about next year’s budget in March 2017.
Tell us what you think
Come along to one of our budget events hosted by our Cabinet Members to discuss the approaches we are taking to meet the challenges.
You will hear proposals for tackling the budget challenge, have the opportunity to ask questions, give feedback on the proposals and put forward any ideas or views you have.
There are two events, each with a different focus. The details and focus of each event are listed below.
- 17 January 2017 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Reception Room A, Town Hall
Focus: Care & support for adults, housing & neighbourhood services, and libraries & community services.
You can book your place online via the Eventbrite website.
- 26 January 6.15pm – 7.45pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW
Focus: Culture and the environment, infrastructure and economic development.
Booking details: TBC
If you can’t attend any of the events but want to feed in your views please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 273 4119.
Ask a question on Twitter
During each event we will be taking questions via Twitter so people unable to attend the sessions can have their say. Tweet your questions to @sheffcouncil on the day using the hashtag #budgetsheffield.
Our financial situation
2017/18 will be the seventh year of spending cuts at Sheffield City Council, with the cumulative total now running to £352 million. This is equivalent to the cost of maintaining all the parks and countryside we manage, an estimated 60 times over.
This figure is made up of a combination of cuts to funding and the additional ‘pressures’ on the services we provide. These pressures include things like rising demand for certain services, the cost of inflation, and the changes to government legislation with which we need to comply. Next year we will need to find a further £40 million to balance our budget.
Over the next five years, it is estimated that our cumulative’ budget gap’ – the difference between the money we have to spend and what it will cost us to operate – will increase from around £40 million in 2017/18 to £116 million by 2021/22. This takes account of changes to the Council’s main sources of income, as well as the pressures on services.
While we have successfully balanced the books for the last six years, we have had to make difficult decisions to find the level of savings needed. These hard decisions will continue and your feedback will be important in helping us to ensure we are using our limited resources in the best way possible.