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​​​​​​​Views sought on budget proposals

Budget consultation 2021-22

We have begun a budget consultation for 2021/22. We estimate that we will need to find £18.6m in budget savings for 2021/22 with an estimated financial gap of £58.4m over the next five years.

We are seeking views from residents, staff, businesses and partners on the proposals in an initial three-week consultation which runs until 9 February.

The budget proposals are a combination of efficiencies and cost reductions, income generation and proposals where the Council will work differently, with partners across all sectors, to achieve the right outcomes for those people and families who require the most support and help reduce inequalities across Gateshead.

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Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said: "It's a hugely challenging time for us all in so many ways. Setting a balanced budget becomes increasingly harder each year and there will be some difficult decisions ahead.

"The scale of the financial challenge we face cannot be underestimated, coupled with the ongoing uncertainty presented by this global pandemic and a lack of clarity and certainty from the government regarding our funding for the years ahead.

"Clearly reducing our spending by £58.4m over the next five years will have an impact on the way services are delivered and provided, however we remain confident that we can continue to provide the right support needed for those who require it most in our communities.

"By focusing the reduced resource we do have, to help reduce the inequality that exists within the borough, we can continue to deliver on our promise to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives.

"The pandemic has brought sharply into focus what matters most - localised, community support delivered collaboratively with our partners. It's this strong collaborative approach and ambition to fight for a better future for Gateshead, working with partner organisations and business, that will help make the most difference to local people and communities.

"Responding to the pandemic has brought additional financial challenges for the Council with increasing costs and lost income from things we have come to rely on to help us balance our budget each year. The lack of full financial support that was promised by the Government, but has not materialised, is quite frankly a disgrace and has put us in the position this year to look at budget options that were not in our plans."

Between now and Tuesday 9 February, local people can give their views on the proposals which can be found on our budget consultation webpage or by emailing budgetconsultation@gateshead.gov.uk. Further engagement will be required throughout 2021 to help reach a financially sustainable position based on the Council's priorities.

Following the public consultation, the budget will be finalised, approved by Cabinet and recommended to full council on 25 February 2021.

Budget consultation 2021-22
19 January 2021

We have begun a budget consultation for 2021/22. We estimate that we will need to find £18.6m in budget savings for 2021/22 with an estimated financial gap of £58.4m over the next five years.

We are seeking views from residents, staff, businesses and partners on the proposals in an initial three-week consultation which runs until 9 February.

The budget proposals are a combination of efficiencies and cost reductions, income generation and proposals where the Council will work differently, with partners across all sectors, to achieve the right outcomes for those people and families who require the most support and help reduce inequalities across Gateshead.

Have your say

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said: "It's a hugely challenging time for us all in so many ways. Setting a balanced budget becomes increasingly harder each year and there will be some difficult decisions ahead.

"The scale of the financial challenge we face cannot be underestimated, coupled with the ongoing uncertainty presented by this global pandemic and a lack of clarity and certainty from the government regarding our funding for the years ahead.

"Clearly reducing our spending by £58.4m over the next five years will have an impact on the way services are delivered and provided, however we remain confident that we can continue to provide the right support needed for those who require it most in our communities.

"By focusing the reduced resource we do have, to help reduce the inequality that exists within the borough, we can continue to deliver on our promise to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives.

"The pandemic has brought sharply into focus what matters most - localised, community support delivered collaboratively with our partners. It's this strong collaborative approach and ambition to fight for a better future for Gateshead, working with partner organisations and business, that will help make the most difference to local people and communities.

"Responding to the pandemic has brought additional financial challenges for the Council with increasing costs and lost income from things we have come to rely on to help us balance our budget each year. The lack of full financial support that was promised by the Government, but has not materialised, is quite frankly a disgrace and has put us in the position this year to look at budget options that were not in our plans."

Between now and Tuesday 9 February, local people can give their views on the proposals which can be found on our budget consultation webpage or by emailing budgetconsultation@gateshead.gov.uk. Further engagement will be required throughout 2021 to help reach a financially sustainable position based on the Council's priorities.

Following the public consultation, the budget will be finalised, approved by Cabinet and recommended to full council on 25 February 2021.

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