Council Budget and Savings Programme 2015/16

South Gloucestershire Council is currently consulting on its budget, council tax levels for next year and its overall savings plan. The council asks council tax payers their views each year before agreeing its budget and council tax. This is your opportunity to comment on the council’s priorities, its council tax and proposals to improve services and increase efficiency.

You can tell us your views on these important areas by completing our survey or by contacting us using the details listed below.

The council's budget 

Excluding schools, we spend over £348 million a year. Central Government provides about £90million in grants towards these costs. In addition we spend about £174million on our schools and this is fully funded by Government grant. The first pie chart below shows how we currently spend your money, the second one shows where we get our income.

Spend piechart 1415

income piechart 1415

Further information about the council's budget is available here.

Council Tax

The council is considering its council tax levels for 2015/16 and future years.

The council has no control over the council tax collected on behalf of the police, fire services, or parish and town councils. Each of these bodies will make their own  independent decisions.

The maximum amount the council can raise its council tax by next year is expected to be limited to 2% unless we hold a referendum of residents. South Gloucestershire Council's element of the Council Tax has been frozen for the past four years and the council’s current budget planning assumption is for a council tax freeze for a fifth year in 2015/16, followed by a 2% p.a. increase in subsequent years.

A 2% increase would add about £25 (just under 50p per week) to the average band D annual council tax bill for South Gloucestershire Council services.

Further information about council tax is available here.

The Council Savings Programme (CSP)

The council has a strong track record of delivering savings and efficiencies from its budget and by the end of 2014/15, our transformation programme will have delivered £43m of savings. Details of how we achieved this can be found here.

Between 2014/15 and 2019/20, the council will need to find an additional £36m of savings. The Council Savings Programme (CSP) sets out how the council plans to deliver these savings across its services and the way it works. These changes will be subject to more detailed consultation on each proposal before implementation and potentially other options may come forward.

Savings of this scale mean that we must completely rethink our approach and prioritise our actions and activities. We will become a smaller council, delivering fewer services, and will need to review our priorities to make sure our more limited resources are focused on our ‘core’ activities. At the same time we will look to work more closely with local communities, strengthening and encouraging communities to take greater responsibility for local services to ensure that people's needs are met.

Further information about the council's savings programme is available in our outline or from here.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the council's budget, council tax levels and the council saving programme between 5 November and 31 January 2015. Please note that the consultation survey will close on the 19 December 2014, however any comments received before 1 February 2015 will be reported to councilors when they set the budget on 18 February 2015.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider. A copy of the initial draft equality impact assessmentis available and we would also welcome comments on this.

Further information is available by contacting us using the details listed below or from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk     
  • Completing our consultation survey (also available to download) Please note that the survey closed on 19 December 2014
  • Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868154

Council officers will also be available to answer questions at the Area Forums

  • Chase Area Forum: 17 November at 7pm, Kingswood Civic Centre
  • Southern Brooks Area Forum: 18 November at 7pm, Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford
  • Kings Forest Area Forum: 24 November at 7pm, Kingswood Civic Centre
  • Frome Vale Area Forum: 27 November at 7pm, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
  • Severnvale Area Forum: 3 December at 7pm, Turnberries Community Centre, Thornbury

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about this consultation, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Timeline

  • Opened
    5 Nov 2014 at 00:00
  • Closed
    31 Jan 2015 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

Details

Consultation Topic
  • Spending and budget
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • General public
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
Contact Details

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk     
  • Completing our consultation survey (also available to download)
  • Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868154