Friday 9 January 2015

A public event is set to be held at Sheffield Town Hall next Wednesday, 14 January, at which people can find out further details regarding how we as a council plan to make cuts of up to £60m in the coming financial year.

Sheffield City Council’s Leader, Julie Dore, the cabinet member for Finance and Resources, Ben Curran, and Chief Executive John Mothersole will speak at the event and also take questions from members of the public.

The evening has been organised in order to provide further information on Sheffield City Council’s progress towards setting a balanced budget, and give more details on the proposals that have been discussed so far.

It will also enable members of the public to meet with cabinet members to discuss specific challenges in their own portfolio areas. Further workshops will focus upon issues such as Sheffield City Council’s new Corporate Plan, which is set to be published in the spring; how the council will operate in the future, and how fairness principles have been incorporated into the proposed budget.

Coun Dore said: “We have been working hard over the last few months to reach a balanced budget which makes the necessary Government-imposed savings while protecting the most vulnerable in our society – and also not losing our focus on being ambitious for Sheffield. This has been no easy task.

“It is no secret that, as a council, we are facing unprecedented government cuts, and by next year the amount of funding we get from the Government will have been slashed by 50 per cent since 2010.

“In order to meet these massive reductions in our funding, we have already had to make some difficult decisions, and as the government’s cuts get deeper the decisions become harder every year.

“We have been consulting with the people from Sheffield from the very start of this budget conversation process, and look forward to updating them on Wednesday as to the discussions that have been taking place and how we have listened to their views.”

Sheffield City Council has already made cuts of £240m over the past four years. However, in order to reduce the budget by a further £60m, we will have to cut spending further and do more things differently.

Everyone is free to attend the public meeting, which runs in the Town Hall reception rooms from 5.15pm to 7pm, but places must be booked in advance.

Coun Dore will introduce the event, before presentations from Mr Mothersole and Coun Curran. They will also take questions from members of the public.

Sheffield City Council’s cabinet members will then host workshops focusing on the savings proposed for their own individual portfolio areas, along with officers from within these services. The workshops will include a brief summary of the budget challenges and how the council is proposing to meet them, followed by question and answer sessions.

Call 0114 273 5417 or email PPCBusinessSupport@sheffield.gov.uk to book.