Council tax increase and further cuts on cards as budget consultation is launched
Council tax is set to rise by almost 3% next year with more deep cuts to services as South Gloucestershire Council looks to balance the books.
It’s warned that even with these measures, it expects to have a £10m black hole in their finances by 2022.
The increase would mean an increase of around £43 per year for a band D household. The increase is less than in recent years because the government has stopped it levying an adult social care charge of 3% for a third year.
Savings of £21.7m are expected between next year and and 2022.
The council expects to spend in the region of £618.5m in the next financial year, on areas including schools, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, social care and road maintenance.
A council spokesperson said: “Since 2011, we have made cumulative savings of £81.2m in annual spending through a range of efficiency and savings measures. Wherever possible, this work has prioritised protecting frontline services from spending reductions, while delivering better value for money to residents.”
The council has launched a consultation with the public over the budget plans.
South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Rob Creer, said: “We want to hear your views on this draft budget, not just in terms of how much we spend on a particular service and our savings proposals, but as we look ahead, we want to hear more broadly about peoples’ priorities they would like us to apply in making the decisions that we will need to make in the future.”
People can share their views in the following ways:
• By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• By completing a consultation survey (available to complete online or download from the council website: https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/Budget19
• By writing to: Freepost RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
• By telephoning 01454 868154