Budget Conversation - phase two
The city council published its phase two budget proposals on
Friday 9 January 2015, the phase two budget proposals are available
to download below. These proposals explain how the council will
save a total of £8.2 million to balance its 2015/16 budget.
Phase two budget proposals - January 2015
(720KB, 41 pages)
We want to hear the opinions of all residents, partner
organisations, businesses and other interested parties as part of
the budget setting process.
The city council has seen its government grant cut by nearly 40
per cent in the five years up to the end of 2015/16 – that’s
For next year (2015/16) the council will see its government
grant reduced by £12.8m. In addition, it faces financial pressures
of £12.5m as a result of an increasing demand for services and
legal changes. This means we face an enormous challenge of finding
savings of £25.3m to balance our books, while continuing to invest
in the city to ensure Peterborough is a great place to live, work,
visit and stay.
The first phase budget proposals, amounting to £16.6m, were
consulted on during November and December and were approved by
Council on 17 December. The proposals on council tax support linked
to this also save a further £500,000 and will be discussed by
Council on 28 January 2015.
Following feedback we received to the phase one proposals as
part of the Budget Conversation, a number of recommendations were
Council agreed to defer a proposal relating to savings
associated with shrub removal, parkway verge maintenance, grass
cutting and the closure of a number of bowling greens and tennis
courts, which attracted a lot of interest from the public. This was
to allow the discussion to continue.
The proposal to introduce charges for blue badge holders to park
in council car parks led to requests for more accessible spaces.
Therefore the second phase proposals include a commitment to work
with the Disability Forum to see if this can be achieved. A
proposal to investigate allowing companion bus passengers (those,
for example, who help blind or partially sighted people travel on
buses) to travel for free is also included following feedback.
In addition, we asked people to tell us which council services,
out of those we have some leeway in providing, they value the most.
The top five areas that residents said they valued were the meals
on wheels service for elderly and vulnerable residents who cannot
cook for themselves; combatting flytipping, graffiti and
anti-social behaviour; maintenance of parks and open spaces; street
cleansing; and libraries. The phase two proposals have been
developed with this feedback in mind. More details are available in
the agenda for the Council meeting on 17 December which is
available to view on the council’s website.
The second phase of proposals, now published, look to save the
remaining £8.2m. Included is a proposal to freeze council tax in
2015/16, by making use of a government grant awarded to those
councils that choose to charge no more for the council element of
Inevitably, less money means very significant changes, not just
to the way services are delivered, but the removal of some services
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
The consultation will remain open until 5pm on Monday 1 March
2015. Cabinet will receive periodic updates on the consultation
responses, including at its meeting on Monday 23 February 2015.
Council will receive a report of all the
feedback received when it considers these phase two proposals,
along with the level of council tax, at its meeting on 4 March
Budget Conversation - phase one closed
The consultation on the first phase of budget proposals has now
closed, all comments received will be considered by Cabinet.
Proposals for phase two of the Budget Conversation will be
published in January for consultation, please check this page
nearer the time for details about how you can have your say on
the phase two proposals.
Budget proposals - November 2014
(786KB, 44 pages)
Library service review consultation - have your say
A consultation into the future of the library service opened on
Friday 23 January, find out more about the library
service consultation and how you can have your say.