A public consultation in South Staffordshire is now underway on the Council’s 2017/18 budget and will close at 5pm on Monday 13 February 2017.
South Staffordshire Council has published its budget proposals and you can download them here. Residents can give their views on the proposals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Budget Views, South Staffordshire Council, Council Offices, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall WV8 1PX.
These views will be fed back to Council Members to inform their decision on the budget on Tuesday 21 February 2017.
Councillor Brian Edwards, Leader of the Council said:
“The Council has always been a low council tax authority and we have been proud of our ability to deliver services at low cost to our Council Tax payers. We are taking action to fill an anticipated financial deficit due to a continuing decrease in support from central government and transforming the way we deliver our services. This drive to find efficiency savings and explore new ways of raising income that are not at the expense of Council Tax payers can already be seen in many of the Council’s procedures and day-to-day working practices.”
The proposals highlight that the Council has to reduce the cost of delivering its services or increase income from other sources to meet a £1.5millon shortfall per annum in four years’ time.
To achieve this, the Council will need to continue to change over the coming years and it will do this by targeting its resources on key priorities and outcomes, and by operating as an agile organisation through its workforce and delivery models and by using its assets to support economic growth and investment in the district.
Forecasts of future Council Tax payments include an increase of £5 each year until 2020/21 and an increase of 1.99% in 2021/22, in line with the Government’s assumptions.