Budget Consultation 2015
The public consultation has started to help
Bedford Borough Council achieve savings of an additional
£2.3million over the next two financial years on top of £17million
already consulted on last year.
Like councils all over the country, Bedford
Borough is facing major financial pressures that include a
significant reduction in government funding, inflation and
increasing demand for services.
Over the last five years, the Council has
achieved savings of £62million and the latest series of proposals
are part of the Council’s ongoing need to deliver budget savings,
building on the approach taken to date that seeks to protect
frontline services as far as possible.
The proposed savings are based around six
themes that concentrate on the way the council works internally,
while at the same time improving access to services electronically
for those that want it.
The key themes are:
- developing a workforce deployment model
- finding alternative ways of working
- focusing on the customer interface/channel shift
- business and growth
- managing demand better
- innovation and entrepreneurship.
As well as the proposals, residents are being
encouraged to suggest ideas about how further money can be saved
and provide value for money in the Innovation Challenge.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “Due to the hard work and difficult decisions that have been
taken previously, we have achieved savings of £62million over the
last five years.
“Our strategic, four-year approach to
delivering the savings means we have introduced new ways of working
in order to minimise the impact out in the community and protect
frontline services. I would encourage everyone to look at the
proposals and to work together in meeting this latest
“We also welcome everyone to suggest ideas how
money can be saved and provide value for money in the new
Cllr Michael Headley, the Portfolio Holder for
Finance and Asset Management, said: “The proposals identified total
£2.3million of savings over the next two financial years across all
Council service areas. We are particularly focusing on reducing
bureaucracy and back office costs again as we seek to protect the
services that our residents rely on the most.”
The Budget Challenge 2015 consultation closes
on Monday, 17 November. All responses will be
considered at the Council Executive which follows on Wednesday, 3
You can respond to the consultation in the
By post: CONSULTING
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 01234 228435
In person: At any Bedford
Borough library, Borough Hall reception area and the Customer