Budget Consultation 2018/19

We have begun the process of setting our budget for the 2018/2019 financial year. This will be approved in February 2018.
During 2016/17 the Council implemented a major organisational transformation programme called “Together Gloucester”‘.  This programme was designed to transform how we deliver our services while delivering in excess of £1m of the required £1.64m savings for 2017/18.  However the Council must still look to deliver further efficiencies to enable the delivery of services to our residents and to balance the budget.

The Challenge - In 2017/2018 the Council has received £1.092m in Revenue Support Grant from Central Government. By 2019/2020 this will be reduced to £90k. In 2017/18 the Council received £2.687m in New Homes Bonus this is expected to have reduced to £1.900m by 2018/19

Due to this and other cost pressures such as rising prices and increases in demand for services we will need to make further savings from our revenue budget by 2020/2021. At least £0.750m of this will need to be saved in 2018/2019.

Remember – not all of the Council Tax you pay goes to this Council.

In 2017/2018 Gloucester City Council will keep just £190.42(£3.66 per week) of the £1584.17 paid in Council Tax by a Gloucester household to fund the services it provides (based on average Band D property Council Tax 17/18). The rest will go to Gloucestershire County Council, and Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner

That’s why it’s so important that you tell us how we should spend your money and how you think we should make the savings we need.
Council Priorities - Our budget is designed to deliver the core services we provide and meet our priorities in the Council Plan. 

These are set out in the Council Plan. This Plan was approved by Council on 28th September 2017.

The Council Plan for 2017/2020 sets out the following 4 priorities and core values for the Council:

Our priorities set out what we will be doing over the next four years to achieve our vision. Together we will be:

1.    Working to create a vibrant and prosperous City

2.    Working to maintain a safe and attractive City 

3.    Working to build strong and resilient communities 

4.    Working to provide great services that offer value for money

Our core values are the principles that will guide how we do things:

·Efficiency and value for money – we will strive to provide great services that are affordable for all

·Forward thinking with innovation – we will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to find new and better ways to do things

·Making residents lives better – we will support our communities to  use their own strengths and assets while providing universal services and supporting our most vulnerable residents

·Passionate about the City – our enthusiasm for, and pride in, Gloucester will be at the heart of everything we do

·Working together to make it happen – we will build strong and trusted relationships with communities and partner organisations to achieve the best outcomes for our residents.
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. If you want to find out more about Gloucester City Council’s budget before completing the survey, visit www.gloucester.gov.uk

The consultation will close at midnight on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Many thanks for your response.