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Gateshead Council launches consultation on proposals to help deliver a balanced budget

     
Posted on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gateshead Council is asking residents, businesses and partners to get involved it its budget proposals for 2018/19.

Views are being sought on a range of proposals identified to meet an estimated £42m funding gap over the next two years. The eight week consultation will run from 21 November until 12 January 2018.

This year’s budget proposals are a combination of efficiency savings, cost reductions and income generation. It also includes proposals that were included as part of last year’s budget process; and proposals where the Council would like to work differently, with partners and others, to achieve the right outcome for those who require more support than others. 

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said: “The scale of the challenge we’re facing is enormous. We’ve already saved £143 million over the last eight years and we estimate that by 2020 we won’t get any core grant funding from central government at all. This comes at a time when there’s more demand for our services, we have more older people to support, higher numbers of young people in our care on top of increasing responsibilities from the government.

“We’re radically rethinking the way we work as a council, the way we spend the money, the way we work with partners, businesses and local people in our communities. We need to find £42 million over the next two years so we’re looking at every possible way we can reduce our costs and increase income, while also looking at longer-term opportunities to maximise our economic growth, to help support and create, jobs, businesses and housing.

“Years of cuts in government funding means we can no longer do everything we did in the past, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our ambition - we want Gateshead to be a place where everyone thrives.”

Between now and 12 January, local people can give their views on the proposals, which can be found on the Council’s website www.gateshead.gov.uk/budget and main council buildings. Residents can also give their views by emailing budgetconsultation@gateshead.gov.uk

The outcomes of the consultation on the budget proposals will be fed back to Cabinet. The Council will agree the budget for 2018/19 in February next year.