We want to hear the opinions of all residents, partner organisations, businesses and other interested parties as part of the 2018/19 budget setting process.
The first phase of a plan which details how Peterborough City Council will look to deliver a balanced budget across the next three financial years was published on Friday 10 November 2017.
These proposals begin to close a gap in the council’s budget which will reach £39.7million by 2020/21.
Since the government’s austerity programme began in 2010 the amount of funding that all councils receive has fallen at an alarming rate.
In 2013/14 the city council received £55million in Revenue Support Grant, the government grant which supports a range of council services, and this will have reduced to just £15million in 2018/19 and then £10million in 2019/20. That will be a reduction of 80 per cent over seven years.
Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, in terms of population growth, and demand for certain council services is rapidly increasing. However, current government funding takes no account of population growth or demand levels. Instead our funding is reduced year on year.
At the same time the council has seen unprecedented increases in demand for services, in particular meeting the needs of a rising number of homeless households and an ever growing number of adults and elderly people requiring care.
In terms of homelessness in particular, the council has seen a 200 per cent rise in the number of homeless families requiring temporary accommodation in just the past two years.
At the end of August 2017 the council was supporting 414 adults in residential or nursing care homes and 2,012 adults were supported to live independently in their own home. In the past three years the council has seen an increase of 7.3 per cent and 2.1 per cent on these services.
These demands continue to increase and therefore adult social care will require additional investment in the coming years in order to cope with current and future pressures.
There will be tough challenges ahead to continue to deliver a balanced budget, however even during the most difficult circumstances the council has ever faced we have remained committed to our priorities and Peterborough has made huge strides forward. We will continue to invest in the city and deliver a range of services. We’ll do this by developing new ways of generating income, bidding for external funding, delivering services more innovatively and continuing to promote the city to businesses.
Have your say
You can give your opinions on the budget proposals by completing the Budget Consultation 2018/19 survey.