Have your say on the Council’s initial 2012-13 budget proposals
The public consultation on the initial Budget proposals for 2012-13 has now closed. Thank you to all those who took the opportunity to take part.
The Council’s 2012-13 Budget was set on 23 February 2012 by Full Council.
In setting the Budget, councillors took into account the feedback from the consultation and made a number of changes to the proposals as a result of your comments.
- Reducing the savings to be made by altering contracts in social care and supported housing from £4.2m to £3.38m.
- Library opening hours will not be cut and there will be no reduction in the funding to buy materials (pending a review).
- Reductions to voluntary sector contracts will be delayed by three months.
- A commitment to continue to provide accessible printed materials and retain opportunities for face-to-face contact with citizens.
- No reduction in opening times at household waste recycling centres (pending a review).
- Provided additional protection and support to youth work delivered by the voluntary sector.
Along with the web consultation, we also asked for your views via focus groups; targeted invitations, including to parish and town councils and local business groups; cascaded consultation by external organisations; printed information in libraries and Council reception areas; consultation with staff and trade unions, and with commissioned organisations and service users.
We will continue to consult with citizens, local businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations and the trade unions about the budget implications.
You can read more details of the feedback from the consultation, along with the Equality Impact Assessments carried out prior to the meeting, on our Council minutes website
You can find out more about how the Council intends to spend its budget in the March edition of Community Pride, which also includes details of how much Council tax your household will pay and a summary of the feedback from the Consultation.