Carmarthenshire residents urged to have their say on county budget
People in Carmarthenshire are being urged to have their say in decisions which affect their future.
Consultation on the county council’s budget is starting with a number of proposals for changes being put forward for discussion.
They include suggestions from a range of areas including day care services, leisure, street cleaning, special educational needs, music service, school meals and educational psychology.
The council needs to save £8.8million for the next financial year – 2017-18 – and a total of £24.6million over the next three years.
All views gathered from the consultation will be included in the budget report which will go before County Councillors for decision in February.
In the meantime, extensive consultation is taking place with seminars for county councillors, town and community councils, a public forum, scrutiny committees, schools budget forum and trade unions meetings.
An Insight day is being held in December to consult with young people, including Carmarthenshire Youth Council, Coleg Sir Gar students, and sixth formers from schools across the county.
The Executive Board approved the Budget Strategy and the start of the consultation at its meeting earlier today.
The survey will be available online from tomorrow at i-Local, and hard copies will be available at Customer Service Centres, Libraries and Leisure Centres.
The proposals include both managerial and policy efficiency savings. Managerial savings are efficiencies that result in no perceivable change to the overall level of service delivery but may in some instances affect quality of service provided, whereas policy savings are service rationalisation proposals that will directly affect service delivery.
There are 15 policy proposals which form the main basis of the consultation, which will run until to the 8th January
The current budget proposals assume a Council Tax increase of 2.5% in 2017-18, 3.14% in 2018-19 and 3.42% in 2019-20. A 1% movement in the Council Tax rise equates to +/-£790k.
Resources Executive Board member Cllr David Jenkins said: “Over the coming months, this budget strategy will form the basis for consultation with both members and the public.
“Essential services can still be delivered whilst our council tax increase can be of an acceptable level.
“I am pleased to report that the proposal for Council Tax increase is currently 2.5%, which is a significant achievement in the current financial climate.”