16 January 2018
The final council budget for the year 2018/19, including the levels of council tax to be paid by residents, will be agreed in March but there is still time for local people to have their say on how money should be spent and share their ideas on how savings can be made.
The ‘Budget Conversation’ which started last month with the launch of an online survey, is now going on the road and local people are invited to attend public meetings to share their opinions and give advice to the people who will be making the decisions, Cabinet Members from Sheffield City Council.
Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance said: “ Central Government are maintaining an extended period of austerity and are continuing the cuts local government are having to make to services. In particular, there is increasing demand on social services.
“Early in the year we published recovery and improvement plans for these areas which highlights the real challenges to the council.
“Between 2011/12 and 2017/18 we have had to save £390 million. Over the same period we have seen our grant funding reduced by 45%. For the coming year we have to find further savings of £30 million because of austerity measures forced upon us by central government.
“We want the public views on how we manage this challenge. The consultation includes questions on the Social Care Precept and if people would support a rise in council tax to help protect frontline services.
“If anyone has an idea or an opinion on how we can make further savings we want to hear from them. Equally we want to know what people think of the services we already provide, and tell us what they think the priorities for the future should be”.
Anyone who wishes to get involved in the challenge of setting the budget can complete a survey at, www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget or attend a public meeting on the follow dates.
- Thursday 18th January 6.00 – 8.00 pm at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
- Tuesday 23rd January 6.00 – 8.00 pm at Stocksbridge Library, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 1DH
- Wednesday 24th January 6.00 – 8.00 pm at Woodseats Methodist Church, Holmhirst Road S8 0GS