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Budget consultation 2023/24

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Closed

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Consultation Started: 05 Dec 2022 - Consultation Ended: 08 Jan 2023

Resolved: At the end of the petition period

We consulted on plans to deliver a balanced budget in the 2023/24 financial year.

The consultation ran from Monday 5 December 2022 until midnight on 8 January 2023. It will inform the decisions our councillors make at the Full Council meeting in February on the overall budget.

Read our Budget Consultation booklet:

It includes:

  • A foreword from Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, Leader of the Council
  • An update on our financial situation
  • Sets out the service priorities and proposals for each department for the new financial year

These priorities include:

  • Supporting people who are struggling the most, including through our network of community hubs
  • The city centre and making sure it is a vibrant place where people feel and are safe
  • Investment of £1million to create a Growth, Regeneration and Economic Development Service to drive forward at pace our ambitious plans to increase the number of homes, attract new businesses, create better jobs, and ensure that growth acts as a lever to address inequalities
  • Investment in a range of measures to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon across our buildings and increasing take-up of solar and other technologies across communities
  • Supporting even more people to remain independent for as long as possible, through technology enabled care and reablement services
  • Driving forward the development of Family Hubs, using significant central government funding
  • A greater focus on recruiting foster carers, enabling us to reduce the numbers of children placed in more expensive agency placements
  • Transformation of Home to School Transport, with the aim of providing more cost-effective transport

Next steps

Thank you for your responses. This consultation is now closed.

Our Joint Scrutiny Committee will consider the feedback and suggestions we received from the consultation at a meeting on 23 January 2023. We may make changes to the proposed budget as a result. We will then report this to our Cabinet on 13 February 2023, before formally proposing a final budget for 2023/24 to Council on 22 February 2023.