Residents asked to give views on balancing the City Council’s budget

Plymouth residents are being asked to give their views and ideas on how the City Council could balance its budget as its funding reduces and costs rise.

The Council is running a three-week engagement exercise that encourages people to give their views on its ongoing plans to deal with continuously reducing funding.

The Council has delivered more than £65 million of savings over the last few years but is now facing a further £21 million shortfall over the next three years.

Its plans to close the funding gap include raising income through growing Plymouth’s economy, continuing to join services up with partners, investing in preventative measures to reduce the numbers of people needing complex care packages and making best use of its land and buildings.

The online questionnaire asks people to give their views on as many or few of the Council’s proposals as they wish. Paper copies can also be picked up at local libraries and at the 1st Stop Shop in New George Street.

Councillor Ian Darcy, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “We’re facing some huge challenges in delivering services as our funding continues to decline year on year. The rising cost of providing adult social care as demand rises is a particular challenge as it accounts for around 40 per cent of our overall revenue budget. We do have plans in place to deal with these challenges but more difficult decisions will need to be made. We want to hear the views and ideas of Plymouth residents before we make these decisions and I would urge people to take a few minutes to have their say.”

People can give their views by visiting before 10 October 2017 or filling in a paper copy.