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Ceredigion – Views on Council Changes

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YOUR VIEWS ON COUNCIL CHANGES

In the future, the Council won’t have enough money from Government to do all the things it does now. Some services will stop and some will change.

A major restructure in 2013 and other changes have meant that the Council has already saved £20million over the last three years. Unfortunately, more still needs to be done.

Cllr Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Financial Services explains:

“We will need to save a further £25 million over the next three years, so we are continually looking at ways of delivering services more effectively and more efficiently, but we need to ensure they stay fit for purpose.”

The Council is currently engaged in a business transformation programme that is working across all its services.  The programme aims to focus on the way the Council interacts with its customers; looking at how it spends money on goods and services; the income it receives, how costs are covered within services, and whether services can be delivered more efficiently. Much of this work will look at whether technology can be embraced to help customers access information and services for themselves.

In this consultation, the Council is seeking the views of residents on the review of Ceredigion’s library service, the level of Council Tax for the 2016-17 financial year, as well as the amount of grants it pays to external organisations.

Cllr Dafydd Edwards adds:

“We believe that the matters under review within this consultation represent a means of beginning to address the budgetary challenge that we face.  The business transformation programme is ongoing and we will be consulting again on further proposals in early 2016.”

More information on the consultation and details on how to respond can be found on the consultations page of the Council’s website here.

The closing date for responses is 5pm on Monday 4 January 2016.