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‘You said, we listened’ – Residents’ feedback helps shape budget proposals

Posted on : 06 Feb 2019

‘You said, we listened’ – Residents’ feedback helps shape budget proposals
Cllr Dave Poole, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council

Caerphilly county borough council is set to reconsider a number of savings proposals after listening to feedback from local residents following a major budget consultation.

A list of proposed cuts for 2019/20 will be revisited when the council’s Cabinet meet next week (Wednesday 13th February). Cabinet Members have carefully considered all the feedback received during the far-reaching consultation and will be proposing a final detailed budget for 2019/20.

Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole said, “We believe in meaningful consultation and the importance of giving local people the chance to help shape our services. The public feedback received from the recent budget consultation sent a clear message that some of the proposed savings were unpalatable, so we have listened carefully to the feedback and have reinstated a number of proposed savings in response. We will be taking a number of these savings off the table for the time being.”

Some of the proposed cuts that are recommended to be deferred include:

  • Withdrawal of the CCBC Community Safety Warden service - the report now recommends a reduction of the team from 9 to 6 wardens
  • Reduction of the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service (Meals Direct) - this will now be considered as part of a wider review of the council’s Catering Service.
  • Closure of 2 household recycling centres - the matter will be deferred pending the conclusion of a comprehensive waste review
  • Introduction of rat treatment charges - deferred
  • Community Centre budget cuts and closures - deferred for a year to allow a period of 12 month notice  upon which funding will be withdrawn.
  • Withdrawal of funding for community schemes such as Bargoed Ice Rink and Senghenydd Splash Pad - deferred for a year to allow a period of 12 month notice upon which funding will be withdrawn.

“We are able to reconsider these savings based on the final financial settlement announced by Welsh Government back in December. The outcome was slightly better than expected, so we are now able to make some adjustments and this clearly demonstrates  ‘you said and we listened’, in response to the feedback received.” added Cllr Poole.

“However, we are not complacent as there is still much to do to ensure that we rise to the challenge of the very difficult budget pressures that lie ahead.”

The final budget proposals for 2019/20 will be considered by Full Council on Thursday 21st February 2019.

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