Latest Budget Proposals
Have Your Say On Latest Budget Proposals!
Bedford Borough Council is asking for views on
further proposals put forward to help it meet an estimated funding
gap of £25 million a year by 2019.
The proposals join those released earlier this
year and are on top of the £81million savings already put in place
as a result of cutting staff numbers, reducing back office services
and introducing new ways of working. These proposals come as
Bedford Borough Council tries to fill an estimated funding gap of
£25 million a year, by 2019, brought about by unprecedented cuts in
government funding and increased demand for council services.
Details about the latest proposals are online
and include the following:
- Moving day care services from Conduit Road to Goldington Day
- Closing the town centre payments office.
- Reducing street cleansing.
- Reducing grounds maintenance.
The Council has also set in motion a
number of work streams to develop cost reduction proposals over the
medium term, looking beyond the 2016/2017 revenue budget. These
o Cultural Services – review of how
the Higgins Bedford (including arrangements within the Cecil
Higgins Trust), the Corn Exchange and the heritage sites can be
provided in a sustainable way in the future;
o Waste & Recycling – a
consultation will take place on the option to introduce fortnightly
waste collections and the best way to provide green waste
collections in the future;
o Libraries – a review of the
service and production of a Library Strategy.
Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said:
“Despite making over £81 million of savings in recent years the
cuts in government funding and pressures of increased demand for
Council services mean tough decisions need to be made to balance
the budget. It is clear to everyone that we face a long and
gruelling process to deliver balanced budgets in the face of a
massive funding shortage. We’re asking residents to help us meet
this challenge and give their views on these proposals.”
Cllr Michael Headley, Finance
Portfolio Holder added: The government’s autumn statement made it
clear funding for local councils is going to be cut back even
further. This has a severe impact on the way we are able to fund
the services we provide to local residents. I urge residents to
take part in the consultation so Bedford Borough Council can take
everyone’s view into account when planning for the future.”
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