Thank you to everyone who responded to our 2015/16 budget consultation.
Over 15,500 people had their say, commenting on 26 proposals aiming to save £33m by 2017/18.
Faced with reduced Government funding and increased pressures on our services, doing nothing is not an option. So this year’s budget proposals looked at different and better value ways to deliver your services.
Feedback from people completing our online budget survey shows that the majority supported the council’s proposals to look at ways to provide services in a different way to achieve financial savings.
Overall more people agreed than disagreed with 24 of the 26 proposals. The exceptions were:
- a plan to reduce the amount the Council spends on subsidising unprofitable bus routes (32% in favour, 55% against);
- a pilot project, working with a District Council, aimed at increasing recycling rates and reducing waste disposal costs by shrinking the size of general household waste bins (30% in favour, 60% against).
As part of the budget consultation, people were also asked for their views about a Council Tax increase. Most respondents (51%) expressed a preference for a 1.99% increase, which would reduce the Council's budget shortfall by £16.5m over the next three years, at a cost to the average Council Taxpayer in the county of 39p per week.
The findings of the budget consultation will be presented to the County Council's Finance and Property Committee on Monday 9 February.
The final budget proposals will be presented to Full Council for approval on Thursday 26 February.
View a summary of the feedback about the County Council’s 2015/16 budget [PDF].
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.