Public consultation on Newport City Council’s savings proposals is underway and residents, organisations and partners are all encouraged to have their say.
At December’s Cabinet meeting, savings proposals totalling nearly £3.5 million were discussed, as the council looks to close a budget gap of almost £5.7 million in the next financial year.
Those proposals are now part of a consultation process which will run until Friday 20 January 2017.
No final decisions on the budget saving proposals being consulted on will be made until all responses have been fully considered. Cabinet will meet again in February and the final proposals will then go before full Council in March where all councillors will have the opportunity to vote.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said:
“Any decisions that may impact on our city and its residents are not taken lightly. As a Cabinet we have given much consideration to the proposals on the table – but now we want to hear from the public and our partners.
“These proposals represent areas where we think we can make savings while limiting the wider impact. We must remember that for every service we continue to deliver, cuts will have to be made elsewhere – it can be very difficult to get the balance right.”
Newport City Council will receive a cash reduction to its year-on-year revenue support grant from Welsh Government. This funding accounts for the largest part of the council’s budget, equating to around 80 per cent of its total revenue. Council Tax from residents only raises around 20 per cent of the council’s annual budget, with some income coming from fees, charges and other grants.
Coupled with the increasing financial pressures and demands on our services due to an ageing population, increases in demand led services, care for the elderly and children, schools funding, National Minimum Wage and inflationary costs, the council has to make savings in order to deliver a balanced budget.
To take part in the consultation, read the full Cabinet Report or view a presentation on how the council spends its money and the challenges being faced, visit www.newport.gov.uk/budget