17 January 2017

A series of public events are being held by Sheffield City Council to discuss the budget for the next financial year, starting in April 2017.

Unlike previous years, where public meetings covered the whole council budget, meetings are being split to cover specific areas of council business. The meetings will be held next week:

  • 24 January, 5pm-6.30pm, at the Town Hall, which will focus on children, young people and families services.
  • 26 January, 6.15pm-7.45pm, at The Circle, to discuss leisure, planning, transport and regeneration.

People can register to attend at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget or you can ask questions in advance on the council’s twitter feed @SheffCouncil using the hashtag #budgetconversation.

People can also have their say in our online budget conversation survey https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget

Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources said: “The government’s cuts to the council’s funding means we need to make at least another £40 million of cuts this year to balance the budget. This will be on top of the £350million of reductions that we’ve been forced to make since austerity began in 2010.

“We are now in the 7th year of an austerity programme that was meant to last four years and there is no let-up in sight.

“Things are getting more difficult but we want people to join in with our budget conversations about how we’re planning to manage the impact of austerity in the city. As always, we want to continue finding new ways to deliver the services that people care about, take care of people who need us the most and grow our income to offset as much of the government’s cuts as possible.”