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Doing things differently - Budget consultation 2015/16

Budget consultation: Doing things differently

Budget consultation: 2015/16 budget approved

The County Council’s 2015/16 budget has been agreed following a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday February 26.

The Council needs to reduce its spending by £77m by 2017/18 to balance its books.

The proposals approved by County Councillors will reduce overall running costs by more than £30m over the next three years.

In total, the County Council will spend more than £1.1 billion during 2015/16 providing services to people living in Nottinghamshire, raising £293m from local council taxpayers.

Listening to you

Thank you to everyone who responded to our 2015/16 budget consultation.

Over 17,000 people had their say, commenting on 26 proposals aiming to save £33m by 2017/18.

The findings of the budget consultation were presented to the County Council's Finance and Property Committee on Monday 9 February.

Your feedback and comments were used to prepare the County Council’s final budget proposals for 2015/16. Listening to feedback, County Councillors agreed to:

  • withdraw the proposal to introduce smaller household waste bins as part of a pilot project with a local District Council to increase recycling rates and reduce waste disposal costs. Action still needs to be taken to increase recycling rates to help reduce the £20m budget for disposing of household waste in Nottinghamshire
  • keep three of the council run care homes – James Hince Court, Leivers Court and Bishops Court - open for the next three years. This will reduce pressure on NHS hospital places, create more extra places and support families and carers
  • increase Council Tax by 1.99%. This will raise an additional £16.5m over the next three years, at a cost to the average Council Tax payer of 39p per week to help support frontline services for the most vulnerable in our local community. Feedback during the budget consultation showed 51% of respondents expressed a preference for a 1.99% increase.

View a summary of the feedback about the County Council’s 2015/16 budget [PDF].

Please join in our other consultations and make sure you have your say and shape the future of local public services.

Doing things differently

Faced with reduced Government funding and increased pressures on our services, doing nothing is not an option.

County Councillors agreed to new ways to deliver a range of services to provide better value for money.

Plans agreed as part of the budget include:

  • new measures to allow older people and people with disabilities to retain their independence for as long as possible, including an investment of £12.5m in Extra Care developments
  • improving family support provision through new integrated, co-located Family Support
  • increasing the number of foster carers employed directly by the Council to provide better support and reduce agency expenditure
  • a new jointly owned Local Authority company to deliver the county’s highways services
  • joining up meals on wheels production with delivery to provide a more efficient, joined-up service.

Timeline

8 October 2014: Stage 1 - Our approach to doing things differently

This stage was to help explain why the Council needs to do things differently and introduce some of the ways being considered. We wanted to know what you think of these new approaches and if you have any other ideas.

12 November 2014: Stage 2 - Budget proposals

This was the time to have your say on specific proposals and how individual services may be affected.

16 January 2015: Stages 1 and 2 of the consultation close

All responses will be considered and help to inform the final decisions made by the Council.

26 February 2015: Final budget proposals to Full Council

The final budget proposals were presented to Full Council for approval.

Timeline

8 October 2014: Stage 1 - Our approach to doing things differently

This stage was to help explain why the Council needs to do things differently and introduce some of the ways being considered. We wanted to know what you think of these new approaches and if you have any other ideas.

12 November 2014: Stage 2 - Budget proposals

This was the time to have your say on specific proposals and how individual services may be affected.

16 January 2015: Stages 1 and 2 of the consultation close

All responses will be considered and help to inform the final decisions made by the Council.

26 February 2015: Final budget proposals to Full Council

The final budget proposals are presented to Full Council for approval.

Find out more

View the papers for the 26 February Full Council meeting.

View a summary of the feedback about the County Council’s 2015/16 budget [PDF].

View all budget proposals by portfolio along with details of any updates as a result of the consultation.

View the Equality Impact Assessments related to the budget proposals along with details of an updates as a result of the consultation.

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