Residents invited to give council budget slash suggestions
PUBLISHED: 08:47 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:47 02 December 2014
2000 residents have already offered their views
Nearly 2000 residents from across the borough have already expressed their priorities and ideas as part of Bromley Council’s our budget, your views consultation.
The council has to make more than £60 million savings over the next four years from a net budget of £200 million due to cuts in government funding. This is in addition to substantial savings already made.
Views were sought prior to senior councillors setting the budget for 2015/16 and beyond, through a series of public and residents’ association meetings which ended last week, through an online survey which is still open, and by email, post and social media.
Residents have acknowledged the gravity of the situation and understand the Council’s track record for no-gimmick, pragmatic budgeting. Practical ideas for raising revenue were also suggested to bridge the gap and there was significant acceptance that small rises in council tax could be prudent in the circumstances.
Bromley council leader Stephen Carr said: “We continue to make savings by constantly examining everything we do and have to make some dramatic changes in the way we provide some services as we cannot afford to do everything in the same way we have done in the past.
“While we remain committed to high standard, value-for-money services across the borough in pursuit of our vision of Building a Better Bromley, it is clear that as well as making savings, we must go on examining ways to generate revenue at the same time.
“I have been impressed by the way people in the borough have responded to the financial situation and the pressures we are experiencing on our budgets.
“In particular, I have been struck by their willingness to understand the probable need for small increases in the Council Tax. I want to thank all those who took the time and trouble to fill in the survey or attend one of the meetings set up to discuss the budget. Your views are valuable as we make what are going to be extremely difficult decisions to balance the budget and set the council tax for 2015/16. I encourage as many residents as possible to complete the survey before it closes on Sunday.”
The online survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 7 December, so there is still time to give your views at www.bromley.gov.uk/ourbudgetyourviews You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Bromley Council at the Civic Centre.