Central Bedfordshire Council are beginning their public consultation on the Council’s budget proposals this week (4th January).
The Council’s Executive will be considering draft revenue and capital budgets at a meeting on 9th January. As the reports for this are published, they will launch their consultation which will run until 29th January.
Next year the council anticipates spending some £190m on local public services.
From their statement:
“We continue to face big increases in demands and reducing funds.
For example, we’ve seen a 3x increase in the numbers of people needing temporary accommodation since 2014, a 45% increase in looked after children since 2012 and a 46% increase in residents aged 85 and over since 2007.
Meanwhile, our annual grant has reduced from £49m in our first year of operation to less than £5m next year.
To bridge the gap between what we need and what we anticipate in terms of income, we have a plan that will deliver efficiency savings of £13.8m. We are also consulting on the Adult Social Care precept (with an increase in council tax of 3%) and increases in general Council Tax of up to 3%.”
You can read more and have your say online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2018
Alternatively, you can pick up hard copies at local service points such as libraries, children centres and customer service offices.
If you have any questions about the consultation exercise or if you require copies of the consultation document and/or questionnaire please email this address: firstname.lastname@example.org