Budget consultation 2018/2019
What this consultation is about
Like councils up and down the country we're having to manage our budget very carefully - continuing to provide high quality services you want and need while making savings where we can.
In the year ahead our savings target is £22m and we've already identified £15m towards the target.
We're working in new ways, cutting out waste, reducing allowances for some councillors and abolishing the post of Chief Executive and two other top tier posts to save £300,000 a year. We're also using some money held in council reserves to make sure services that you want can continue.
Our plans to successfully balance the books mean we're even planning a council tax freeze in 2020-21 and 2021-22.
We want to make sure the decisions we make when setting our budget for 2018-19 are the right ones. And we need your help.
We want to know your views on how we should spend your money, which services are important to you and which services you'd spend more or less on if you held the purse strings.
Now we're asking you five questions and want you to prioritise where you think the money should go.
You'll be asked to choose three areas where you think we should spend most money on, and three areas where you think the council should spend less.
The areas include:
- unlocking economic growth
- repairing and improving Derbyshire's roads
- keeping children and adults safe
- investing in employment and skills
- supporting library services
- promoting Derbyshire as a global cultural and tourist destination
- encouraging healthy lifestyles
- improving accessibility in rural communities.
We're also asking what you think about the amount of council tax you pay. Last year we raised council tax by 3.99%, which included an extra 2% specifically to fund and protect some adult care services for older and vulnerable people. This is in line with guidance from central Government. We're proposing to do this again for 2018-19, costing the average council tax payer an extra 72p per week.
No decisions have yet been made on our budget and our Cabinet members will consider all your responses to this survey, alongside any legal and contractual reasons why we must continue to provide particular services.
We'll then draw up firm budget proposals which will be considered by our Cabinet in February 2018. Further consultation will then be held and Derbyshire residents will again get the chance to have their say about some individual proposals before final decisions are made.
By taking our quick survey you could win £100 of Amazon vouchers.
How to take part
We are carrying out this consultation in the following ways:
- Questionnaire - Online
Who is the consultation aimed at?
Which part of Derbyshire is this consultation aimed at?
- All Derbyshire (excluding Derby City)
Generally, who is this consultation aimed at?
How will we let you know the results?
Feedback about this consultation will be available by the following methods:
- Our website