Consultation on draft county council budget 2012-2013

Overview

At Cumbria County Council we are once again assessing how we will spend the money we have available to us, in order to provide the best possible services to our residents.

Last year we reduced our council budget by £44 million. We carefully reviewed all of our services, re-engineered the council and made big changes.

Now we again have to make further savings for 2012/13. Thankfully because of the decisions we made last year the amount still to find is a comparatively modest £2.4 million.

We would like your views on our proposals to make savings.  On this site you can read about our proposals and give your views. 

If you wish to get involved please ensure you have your say before this consultation ends on 31 January 2012.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to hear your views on our draft budget. The draft budget sets out how much we propose to spend across the wide range of services the council provides. The draft budget is about balancing the books for next year, making sure we don’t spend more than we receive in income from government funding and the council tax you pay.

This consultation asks you to consider the proposals for our 2012/13 draft budget and also think about the future and how the council should prioritise its spending to protect the things you think are most important 

What Happens Next

The council’s Cabinet will receive regular updates on responses during the consultation period. Once the consultation closes all feedback will be collated and a final summary report presented to Cabinet at the start of February 2012. Cabinet will consider the feedback before they agree a final budget to recommend to Full Council later in February.

 This report will be publicly available and include responses from the council to issues that emerge through the consultation.

Related Documents

Results

Proposal: Residents' Parking Charges.

Based on the Survey (online and hardcopy) results 45% of respondents were in support of proposed charges whilst 48% were against. The majority of attendees of the consultation events were those affected by the proposal and tended to be opposed to the introduction of the charge. Views on the discussion forum were also broadly opposed to the charge.

 

Proposal: Reducing Subsidy for Care.

43% of survey respondents (online and hardcopy) opposed this change, 36% were in favour with the remainder undecided.

Please see 'Consultation Feedback Report' attached

Files:

Feedback

We Asked
There were two proposals in the consultation: 1. Proposal to charge for resident parking permits 2. Changes to the level of subsidy for social care charges
You said
In relation to the resident parking permits 48% of survey respondents were against the changes and the majority of consultation events attendees were opposed to the charging. With the changes to the level of subsidy for social care charges just under half of survey respondents were opposed to the change.
We did
Proposals for charging for residents parking permits have been withdrawn Proposed changes in subsidy for social care charges have been taken forward.

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Contact

Kieran Barr (Strategic Communications Advisor) Communications 01228 226 329

Key Dates

Consultation is Closed

Ran from 16 Dec 2011 to 31 Jan 2012
Results expected 31 March 2012
Feedback expected 31 March 2012

Other Information

Areas:

All Areas

Audience:

Anyone from any background

Interests:

  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender,
  • Black and Minority Ethnic,
  • Disability,
  • Gender,
  • Religion/Faith,
  • Age,
  • Rurality,
  • Director of Finance,
  • Council finances,
  • Council tax,
  • Business,
  • Elections and Democracy