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Caerphilly considers £8.5m savings

Posted on : 07 Nov 2019

Caerphilly considers £8.5m savings

Next week (Wednesday 13th November) Caerphilly county borough council’s Cabinet will consider a package of cuts totalling £8.485million for the next financial year.

Councillors will be asked to agree a detailed list of savings for 2020/21 and commence an 8-week period of public consultation to gather feedback from the community.

Cllr. Barbara Jones, Leader of the Council said “Unfortunately we need to deliver a package of savings totalling over £8.5 million for the forthcoming year in order to deliver a balanced budget. This is in addition to the £103 million that has already been taken out of our budgets since 2008.”

“This has not been an easy task, but thanks to our effective budget management and prudent approach we have been able to protect the public from deep cuts and major disruption to frontline services.”

The proposals also include a council tax increase of 6.95% for 2020/21 which equates to a weekly increase of £1.51 for a Band D property.

The savings focus on the following key areas and are aligned to the council’s ambitious transformation agenda for the future:

  • Being more efficient
  • Doing things differently
  • Service reductions/cuts
  • Increases in fees and charges
  • Embracing the new authority-wide operating model called #TeamCaerphilly – Better Together which focuses on delivering efficiencies through process reviews, automation and a review of the council’s investment strategy. 

Cuts to services have been minimised and used as a last resort as the various elements of the transformation agenda have been prioritised first.

If agreed, the draft list of savings will be subject to a period of consultation prior to final budget proposals being presented to Cabinet on 12th February and then Full Council on 20th February 2020.

“It’s important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation and have their say about these proposals. I would encourage everyone to get involved and help us shape the council and it’s services in the future,” added Cllr Jones

Residents will get the chance to have their say on the cuts via a number of feedback channels including a survey on the CCBC website, face-to-face sessions and social media interaction. Detailed information will also be included in the December edition of Newsline which is delivered to every home in the county borough. Key partners, local organisations and other stakeholders will also be consulted widely.

Full details about the list of savings proposals can be found on the CCBC website – www.caerphilly.gov.uk



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