The scale of the financial pressures on the public sector are becoming ever more clear, as more detail emerges from Government following the Chancellor’s Budget statement earlier this week. We’ll see more detail in the autumn when the Comprehensive Spending Review is published.
Nationally, the coalition Government is beginning a public debate generally on public spending and public services. They are asking for bright ideas, on:
- how the public sector can achieve better value for money through efficiencies or more joint working;
- areas of work that whilst important, could better (and more efficiently) be delivered by people other than the existing public sector agencies;
- on any public services that in these tough financial times could usefully be cut back or stopped altogether.
Bristol City Council is adopting a similar approach, beginning the conversation here and inviting you to submit ideas, suggestions and challenges for Bristol.
From 16th July we will develop and test ideas, publish more detail on particular areas that are being considered. We will invite you to add your views and help as some of the ideas are developed.
Towards the end of the year we will publish detailed proposals on the Council’s budget plans for next year. These will incorporate ideas that have been initiated or contributed to by Bristol residents.
Council Leader Barbara Janke added:
“Over the coming months, we will be facing the big challenges that will shape the future of public services in Bristol for the coming years. By launching an open and genuine a debate, we want local people in their thousands to tell us their ideas, and to help inform those that we take forward and develop further. When we publish our full package of proposals towards the end of the year, I want the public to see that their ideas and views are reflected. This will be a tough time, but I am fully committed to seeing that our approach reflects what the public thinks, and properly reflects their priorities.”
Join the public conversation and make your suggestion
We know that not everybody wants to express themselves on a public discussion forum, so if you prefer to make a private submission about a great money saving idea – use this form.