Draft Budget Consultation 2020-2021

Residents across Caerphilly county borough are being encouraged to help shape the future of council services by getting involved in the ‘Caerphilly Conversation’. 

Views are being sought on a package of savings proposals totalling £8.485 million for the next financial year. 

While the council is anticipating a similar settlement from Welsh Government for the forthcoming year, there are millions of pounds of inescapable pressures that the council must fund, such as school cost pressures, social care pressures, the living wage and more. The council therefore needs to find savings of almost £8.5 million in order to deliver a balanced budget for 2020/21. 

On Wednesday 13 November, the council’s Cabinet members reluctantly agreed to consult on a list of savings proposals for 2020/21, which includes a proposed council tax increase of 6.95% (£1.51 weekly increase for a Band D property). 

While council tax is a very important element of the council’s funding, it makes up just 20% of the council’s total budget for delivering the wealth of services that Caerphilly county borough residents receive every day of the year. Even with a 6.95% increase in council tax, Caerphilly county borough residents would still pay among the lowest council tax in Wales. 

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

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

Have your say

A full list of the draft savings proposals for 2020/21 can be found here: Draft Budget Proposals 2020/2021

Consultation Report

Annexes

Further information

Please contact us on 01443864354 or email publicengagement@caerphilly.gov.uk.

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