Cumbria County Council Public Budget Consultation ‘Securing our Future’
This document highlights the challenge ahead and also indicates that over next three year the Council is likely to lose a further 1,800 jobs as they intensify efforts to save £83 million and balance the books by 2018. Most of the savings affect the way the Council is organised, but some will affect services directly – so the Council is keen to hear everyone’s views.
Changes affecting services and external organisations include: reforms in the way health and social care services are delivered so there’s a greater focus on independent living and a tighter remit on commissioning; cuts in grants to partner organisations; and reductions in funding for recycling. More than three-quarters (79%) of next year’s proposed savings are ‘internal’ ones to be delivered within the organisation. This will involve changes to the way the council manages its money and works with partners or contractors to deliver services. The consultation document also explores the potential savings that could be made from having one or two unitary councils in Cumbria.
The consultation will run until 20 January 2015.
To read the consultation and feed back, visit: www.cumbria.gov.uk/budgetconsultation
PDF version can be downloaded at: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/536/652/41935111859.pdf
Please could third sector organisations copy their feedback to Carolyn Otley at Cumbria CVS. This will inform the response of the Third Sector Network.