Council Budget Consultation 2014 to 2015

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South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on its budget and council tax levels for next year (2014/15). Your opinions, views and ideas matter. This is your chance to comment on the council’s priorities, its council tax and proposals to improve services and increase efficiency.

Background to the budget

Excluding schools, we spend over £318m million a year. Central Government provides about £103m million in grants towards these costs. In addition we spend about £173 million 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.

How the council will spend £490.5million  in 2013/14

spend

How the council will finance £490.5million expenditure in 2013/14

income

Over the last three years, we have faced significant financial pressures as a result of national austerity measures reducing the support Government provides for local authorities. During this time we have protected front line services wherever possible. We have reduced our management levels by 40 per cent, improved our IT technologies and simplified our processes and administration. These are just some of the measures which we have introduced to save over £30m so far, and we are on track to reach our target of £43m of savings by the end of 2014/15.

Work is already underway to achieve a further budget reduction of £40m by the end of the decade. This will mean we need to reshape the services we provide and in some cases consider stopping some of these all together. It is important that you have a say in how we shape services in the future and our budget consultation is a key part of this.

A detailed report setting out the Council's baseline budget was approved by the Policy & Resources committee in September.
(Item 12: Budget and capital programme 2014/15 to 2017/18 and appendices)

Have your say

There are several ways for you to tell us your views . You can:

  • Complete an ONLINE SURVEY (survey closed 8 January 2014)
  • Download the consultation survey and return it via FREEPOST to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR (survey closed 8 January 2014)
  • You can also email comments to: consultation@southglos.gov.uk 
  • Send comments via twitter using #sgcbudget
  • Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868009

You may also like to attend one of our road shows:

  • Yate Shopping Centre on Wednesday 20 November 1pm to 4pm
  • Staple Hill Library on Thursday 21November 10am – 1pm
  • KingswoodShopping Centre on Monday 25 November 2pm – 5pm
  • Emersons Green Sainsburys on Tuesday 26 November 1pm - 4pm
  • Bradley Stoke Willowbrook Centre on Wednesday 27 November 3pm - 7pm
  • Thornbury Shopping Centre on Thursday 28 November 10am - 1pm
  • Patchway Hub on Wednesday 4 December 10am – 1pm

The closing date for completed questionnaires is 20 December 2013, however we will be accepting comments until 31 January 2014.

The results of this consultation will be considered by the Policy & Resources committee on 3 February and full Council on the 19 February 2014.

This consultation has now closed and our consultation report is now available.

Timeline

  • Opened
    11 Nov 2013 at 16:00
  • Closed
    31 Jan 2014 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    04 Apr 2014

Details

Consultation Topic Democracy and participation, 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, Businesses & employers, Citizens panel, Councillors / MPs / MEPs, General public, Partner agencies, Service users, Staff, Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and community groups / organisations
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