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You Choose 2013

The public consultation (available here to view) to help Bedford Borough Council achieve over £8.7 million of savings gets underway on Monday 24th September.

 

Like councils up and down the country Bedford Borough Council is facing major financial pressures due to factors including a significant reduction in government funding, inflation and demand for services and is therefore required to deliver £36million of savings over four years.

 

Last year Bedford Borough Council was able to agree savings of £23million over a 4 year period. Proposals this year again focus on new ways of doing business that enable the council to continue to provide high performing services. With just 5% of the savings coming from changes in services this year’s proposals continue the emphasis towards achieving back office savings, improved procurement, generating more income and reducing the costs of buying in goods and services the Council receives from elsewhere.

 

Achieving these savings is vital as the Council is legally required to put together a balanced budget and is again striving to protect council taxpayers.  


The proposals were approved by the Council’s Executive on 12th September. The Council is now carrying out a full and open consultation with local residents as part of You Choose 2013. Groups directly affected will be engaged in discussions with the Council about the proposals.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “By being open and transparent with local residents we planned savings of £23million over 4 years in last year’s budget proposals. However, like all other local authorities we are still facing tough decisions as we tackle an unprecedented funding gap of £36 million.

 

“We are continuing with our strategic, four year view and again this year we are among the first local authorities in the country to publish our proposals, which prioritise protecting front-line services and focus savings on back office costs.  We are maintaining an early, open approach to consultation in order to give residents a real opportunity to have their say on where and how the savings are made.”

 

Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance, added: “The proposals identified this year total in excess of £8.7 million of savings across all service areas with a continued focus on cutting inflation, back office and bureaucracy costs.  For example, the proposals save £10,000 per year on postage costs alone and over £160,000 on telephone costs. This covers the running costs of Putnoe, Wootton and Bromham libraries for a year!

 

“The 2013-14 financial year carries even more challenges for local authorities with changes to business rates and council tax support. It is therefore absolutely vital that we robustly investigate all opportunities and options to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses across the borough.”

 

You Choose 2013 consultation closes on the 19th November. All responses will be considered at the Council Executive which follows on 5th December.

 

You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

Online: www.bedford.gov.uk/budget2013

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 or Borough Hall reception.

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