Thank you to everyone who responded to the 2011/12 budget consultation.
The final budget proposals for 2011/12 were approved by full Council at its meeting on 24 February, with 34 councillors voting in favour of the budget and 29 voting against.
The Council approved the following with no amendments:
- the Budget 2011/12 with revised proposals following the consultation
- the Capital programme for 2011/12 to 2014/15, which sets out the money allocated for Council building and maintenance projects over the period including £100m over the next four years for school refurbishment schemes
- the medium-term financial strategy, which outlines the authority’s finance plans up to 2014/15
- the Council Tax levels for 2011/12.
The Council made a number of changes to the budget proposals in the light of feedback received during the five month consultation period. They included:
- reducing the Supporting People budget by £10m over four years - the least critical option
- putting an additional £70,000 back into the budget to lower the planned opening hour reductions at smaller libraries. A further £406,000 will be ploughed back into the pot to buy new library books
- keeping all the county's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) open seven days a week with no changes to their opening hours
- adding back £200,000 to the country parks budget
- a lower cut to grant aid budgets by reinstating £450,000.
Read the original budget proposals which were consulted on by department:
- Adult Social Care and Health
- Chief executive’s
- Children and Young People’s services
- Corporate Services.
We consulted on the proposals between 1 September 2010 and 21 January 2011 in order to highlight the savings needed to reinvest in front line services and in light of the reductions the Government intends to make to funding available to all local authorities. This included asking for comments in our Big Budget Conversation, and letting us have your views on our service review proposals and then our budget proposals for 2011/2012.
10,000 individual responses were received over the five month consultation period, with 67,000 responses overall.