We pride ourselves on being open, honest and fair. That’s why it’s important to us that you know how the Council budget is spent.
The figure on each piece shows how much we currently spend on these services in a year – a total of £164.3million. Each piece is important in its own right, but the finances available to us are continuing to shrink while demand for services is continuing to grow.
We think this is a good way of illustrating the competing demands on Council resources, because it’s more important than ever that you are informed about the choices we face when we need to make difficult decisions about how to manage with less income.
We have had to adapt to funding reductions of £52million over the last five years and are still confronted with having to find further savings of more than £17million over the next three years. At the same time demand for services – particularly adult social care and children’s services – continues to rise.
Difficult decisions have been made and more lie ahead. The first round of savings – totalling more than £5million – has been identified and we’re getting on with delivering them.
They include investment in new technologies to streamline our business process, changes to the way we work and a reduction and restructuring of our senior management to ensure it reflects the Council’s changing shape and size.
We’re now beginning a series of detailed reviews of front line services, which will need to deliver the remainder of the savings. These reviews will assess our statutory responsibilities, service specifications, levels and standards and we will be guided by the principle that we will target services to the areas or people in most need.
Each service area has been broken down so you can see exactly what is spent in each area. And, we will continue to keep you updated on the changes.
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