Peterborough City Council wants to hear your views on its budget plans for 2020/21 and how it is going to tackle its £33million deficit next year.
On Friday – 25 October – the council launched a consultation inviting residents, partner organisations, businesses and other parties to give their views on phase one of its finance plan.
The council says that pressure on services is rising and money from central government is falling.
It says Peterborough is one the fastest-growing cities in the UK, in terms of population, and that demand for certain services, including adult social care, children’s services and school places, is growing.
However, its revenue support grant from the Government has dropped 80 per cent in the last eight years to £10m in 2020/21. This is less than seven per cent of its overall funding which includes council tax and business rates.
Its money-saving proposals affecting health and care include:
- Reviewing people’s care packages more often in case individual needs have changed
- Revised low level support for older people discharged from hospital
- Cutting funding for support from voluntary organisations including Disability Peterborough which has provided a benefit claims advice for those with physical disabilities as it says help is available from other sources.
- Means-tested charging for the Lifeline personal alarm system – which is currently free for vulnerable people living alone. New users would pay up to £4.50 a week after the first six weeks.
- Cutting funding to GP surgeries for NHS health checks (for 40 to 74 year olds) which is not being used to the full.
- Halving the number of open access child health promotion clinics from 12 to six a week.
What do you think? Have your say …
To capture people’s opinions, the council has launched an online survey. A paper version is available from Town Hall reception in Bridge Street and from all city libraries.
The deadline for your comments is 5pm on Monday 16 December 2019.
The council’s Cabinet will then consider comments on Monday 9 December 2019 and the full Council will debate the phase one proposals on Wednesday 18 December.
The second phase of budget-setting is due to start in January.