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Budget Conversation 2015/16 - have your say

Peterborough City Council has seen its government funding cut by nearly 40 per cent in the five years up to the end of 2015/16 – that’s £44million.

The budget proposals document sets out the first of two sets of budget proposals that will be considered by Cabinet to ensure Peterborough City Council has a balanced budget for 2015/16.

PDF file icon  Budget proposals - November 2014
  (786KB, 44 pages)

We need your help

In the next financial year the council will see its government grant reduced by £12.3million. This is on top of financial pressures of £12.5million as a result of an increasing demand for services and legal changes. This means we face an enormous challenge of finding savings of nearly £25million to balance our books, while continuing to invest in the city to ensure it is a great place to live, work, visit and stay.

Savings of £16.8million have been identified and these proposals will go before Cabinet on Monday 24 November 2014 for initial consideration. However, savings totalling a further £8million will have to be made to balance the council’s budget for 2015/16. A second set of proposals outlining how this additional £8million can be achieved will be published in January 2015.

As a result, we want to understand your views on the first round of budget proposals Friday 14 November. In addition, there are some services where we have some flexibility over the level of service we provide. We want to understand which of these services matter to you the most, so that we can consider this when drafting our second round of proposals to identify the remaining £8million savings.

Please take a few minutes to complete the budget proposals questionnaire, it really is important that we have the views of as many people as possible before making final decisions.

Have your say 

Comments received up to 5pm on Thursday 11 December 2014 will be considered by Cabinet on Monday 15 December 2014. Council will then consider the phase one proposals on Wednesday 17 December 2014.

Cabinet will use the feedback received to develop the phase two proposals that will be published in January for consultation. Council will then consider these phase two proposals, along with the level of council tax, at its meeting on 4 March 2015.

Council tax support scheme - have your say

Government reductions in grant for the council planned for 2015/16 mean that the funding available for council tax support is again reduced. This means Peterborough City Council will have around £1million less to help low income households with their council tax.

The council needs to consult on how best to deal with the reduction in funding, you can have your say about the proposed changes to council tax support here