Published: 28 Nov 23
West Berkshire Council has begun a consultation on spending proposals affecting some frontline services as it prepares to set its budget for 2024/25.
Next year the Council will have around £176m to spend delivering services across the district – creating a £14m gap between expected funding and the forecast spending requirements next year.
Whilst every effort has been made to protect frontline services, a small number could be impacted by the proposals being considered for next year.
Consultation on these budget proposals has begun, with residents invited to have their say by Thursday 11 January, 2024. Information about each of the proposals can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/balancing-our-budget but in summary are:
• Restructure car parking fees - generating up to £450,000
• Close or find an alternative provider to run Willows Edge Care Home - a saving of up to £240,000
• Reduce the frequency of grass cutting - saving up to £220,000
• Restructure funding for Adult Social Care transport services - generating between £100,000 and £400,000
• Reduce funding for gully emptying and bridge maintenance - saving up to £110,000
• Reduce litter and dog waste bins - saving up to £90,000
• Restructure Adult Social Care Care-Home charges - generating up to £80,000
• Reduce the opening hours of the Household Waste Recycling Centres - saving up to £59,000
• Reduce the frequency of annual weed treatments - saving up to £20,000
• Reduce contributions to community transport - saving up to £10,000
If accepted, these proposals could contribute up to £1.75m – or 12.5% of the budget gap - to the Council’s budget next year.
In identifying areas to make savings the priority is to protect the most vulnerable residents, minimise the impact on frontline services and ensure the budget for the years ahead properly reflects the true cost of delivering good quality services.
The budget for 2024/25 is due to be considered by the Executive on Thursday 8 February 2024 and approved by Full Council on Thursday 29 February 2024. Both meetings will be open to the public and residents can attend either in person at the Market Street Offices or to stream live and on-demand via West Berkshire Council's YouTube channel. Read More...