Allerdale Borough Council Budget Consultation 2021/22
Like other local authorities we have faced significant funding reductions over the past few years and the next years will see increasing pressure on the Council’s finances. We have already made savings of £9.4m over the past 8 years.
Added to an already challenging financial picture, we are now supporting our communities in dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our spending has gone up to meet the emergency response costs of the pandemic and we are seeing an increase in demand for council services such as support for the homeless. In addition, the income we receive, which supports the services we deliver, has reduced massively this year.
This budget consultation reflects the extreme uncertainty that we still face, but it also sets our approach to ensuring we can support our communities and businesses recover. Part of this is about ensuring we can be a financially sustainable organisation - finding ways to make the money we have work better through innovation, seeking new ways of working (whether through technology or collaboration), and finding ways to increase our income.
We are determined to do the best for our communities as we deal with the ongoing pandemic and move towards recovery. We remain committed to ensuring front-line services are protected as much as possible, but we do have some tough decisions to make about the level of service we can continue to provide and how we can generate more income. Our aim is to be as efficient as possible whilst maintaining a level of service that our customers and partners expect. The COVID-19 pandemic has added greater pressure to the Council’s budget.
How is the consultation being carried out?
This consultation provides an opportunity for you to review and comment on Allerdale Borough Council’s approach to meeting the budget challenges ahead, including changes to Council Tax and some possible service delivery changes.
We would like the views of residents, partners and businesses. The deadline for responses to this consultation is 5pm, Friday 15 January 2021.
All individual responses will be anonymised. Response on behalf of an organisation may have their comments attributed to them in the final report.
Before sbmitting your responses, please read through the budget consultation document.
Give us your views
Once you have read the consultation document, go to our consultation website to give your views.