Budget proposals - November 2014
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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 published on 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
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
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
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