See how the budget changes might affect you: Peterborough City Council published its proposals on how it intends to balance the council’s books for 2014/15 on Friday (24 January). Here are more details from the proposals:
The proposals will be discussed by the Cabinet on Monday, 3 February (see the meeting agenda), and if agreed they will go out to public consultation. Read our story from Friday on the release of the proposals, we will have more reaction in this week’s PT - and we want your comments.
What part of the council’s budget plans would you chnage?
Adult Social Care
Changes to the council’s budget in adult social care are planned to save £2.9 million. The changes include an emphasis on keeping residents in their homes as long as possible.
There are also plans to buy in more services, rather than solely use council services. Cuts are being made in the Transforming Day Opportunities for Adults aged under 65, older people’s day services, transport and respite care.
An extra £1 million will be invested in adult social care services.
Chief Executive’s Department
Proposals for the department would save £100,000. They include increasing income from the Great Eastern Run, increasing revenue from parking enforcement and other savings in commercial operations.
Cuts to children’s services are hoped to save a total of £1.4 million. There will be cuts to the Youth Offending Service, and an efficiency drive.
It is also hoped to generate £25,000 through adoption placements. However, there will also be an extra £26 million invested to create new school places in the city, and an extra £1 million to pay for the growing number of children in care.
Part of the savings being made in the communities section of the budget includes the well publicised plans to close some children’s centres down, with a potential saving of nearly £1 million.
It is also hoped to recruit new foster carers, reducing the number of children in council care, which will see a saving of £245,000.
There will also be a complete cut in the funding of the St George’s Hydrotherapy Pool, which will save the council £45,000, and could mean the closure of the facility.
It is hoped a reduction in the amount each ward receives in Community Leadership Fund (CLF) will save the council £183,000 per year.
The plan is to cut the amount each ward receives from £7,000 per ward, to giving each councillor £1,000 each.There will also be a reorganisation of a number of the teams in the governance department, saving a total of £500,000.
Growth and Regeneration
It is hoped to save £500,000 in the growth and regeneration department through restructuring and a reduction in the money spent on environment capital workshops, achieved as a result of new sponsorship.
It is hoped to save £6.6 million from the resources department. The plans include the proposals to charge £39 for brown bin collection (£36 if paid for by May 27), which is estimated to make £804,000.
The sports clubs’ caretaker service is also proposed to be scrapped, along with halving the play area inspections.
There will also be cuts to the grass cutting service. Changes to Central Library, to put all facilities on one floor, as well as other savings in Vivacity are also planned, saving a total of £335,000, while a grant received by the council as a result of a freeze in council tax will add funds from next year.
There are also plans to cut £60,000 from the home to school budget affecting special schools.
It is hoped the plans would allow youngsters with special needs who are able to gain more independence.
It plans to charge residents £39 per year to have brown garden waste bins collected (reduced by £3 for an early bird saving).
Feedback to the council:
- Residents are being invited to have their say on the budget proposals. The plans will go to various council scrutiny committee meetings over the next six weeks, before going to a full council meeting on Wednesday, 5 March when the final budget will be set.
To have your say on the proposals, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By post: Financial Services Manager, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HG.
The consultation will end at 5pm on Tuesday, 4 March.