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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 challenge.

 

“We also welcome everyone to suggest ideas how money can be saved and provide value for money in the new Innovation Challenge.”

 

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 December.

 

You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

 

Online: www.bedford.gov.uk/budget2015 

 

By post: CONSULTING BEDFORD
                 FREEPOST ANG5840
                 BEDFORD
                 MK40 1ZD                                   

 

By email: consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk

 

By phone: 01234 228435

 

In person: At any Bedford Borough library, Borough Hall reception area and the Customer Service Centre.

 


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