Date: 15 February 2016
Public consultation begins on latest budget proposals
Communities across West Berkshire are invited to have their say on new budget proposals as West Berkshire Council finds savings of £17.5m required following a reduction in central government funding. This follows an announcement last week that an additional £2.8m will be given to the Council over the next two years and allow more flexibility when considering the consultation feedback.
The consultation, which is open until Monday 7 March, involves 16 budget proposals affecting services provided by the Council. Residents are invited to explain how they will be affected by the proposals and any ideas they have which might help mitigate that impact.
Encouraging residents to take part Roger Croft, Leader of West Berkshire Council said: “It’s really important that people take the time to consider our proposals and have their say. Last week we welcomed news that following our lobbying of government we’ll receive a £2.8m grant over the next two years. It won’t go far but it will give us some more flexibility when we listen and respond to the consultation feedback. I’m encouraging people to have that conversation with us and tell us their views.”
Next year West Berkshire Council will have its’ Revenue Support Grant from central government reduced by 44%. After taking into account an additional grant of £1.4m next year the Council will have to find savings worth £17.5m next year. Having already found savings within the Council, announced a proposal to increase council tax and consulted on some budget proposals there remains around £2.1m to find. The proposals put forward today will help the Council find the savings needed to set its’ budget on Tuesday March 1.
Details of the proposal and how to respond can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/budgetproposals The proposals are:
- Calcot Service Point, Sainsburys
- Car Parks
- Children’s Centres
- Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)
- Community Council for Berkshire (CCB)
- Community Furniture Project (CFP)
- Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
- Library Service
- Public Transport
- Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre, Island Road
- Substance Misuse Support Service (Adults)
- Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing
- West Berkshire Museum
- West Berkshire Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme