Council leader warns changes are 'inevitable'
PUBLISHED: 17:17 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:17 03 November 2014
Changes necessary in order to save money
Bromley council leader Stephen Carr is telling residents that the council has to make dramatic changes as it can no longer afford to do everything in the way it has done in the past.
He is calling for residents to take part in an online survey before December 7 so senior councillors are aware of residents’ priorities when difficult decisions have to be made about the budget for 2015/16 and beyond.
The council has to save more than £60 million over the next four years from an annual net budget of just over £200 million. This is in addition to substantial savings already made over the past few years.
In an open letter to residents, Cllr Carr said: “A much smaller council will mean we will all have to do things in a different way.
“Taking more responsibility within our families and communities so that those who need our services most will be able to get the help they need. It will inevitably come down to a combination of paying more council tax and ceasing to provide some services.
“Rest assured we continue to drive out inefficiencies and work to maximise our income as well as arguing strongly for a fairer government funding deal for our borough. We are proud of our robust financial management, but efficiencies alone will not bridge the budget gap we are anticipating over the next few years.”
As well as the online survey, there will be round table sessions with residents’ association chairmen and chairwomen and public meetings:
7pm-8.30pm, November 20– Orpington Methodist Church BR6 9JH
11am -12.30pm, November 28 – Bromley Civic Centre BR1 3UH
Background information and the survey are at www.bromley.gov.uk/OurbudgetYourviews