Our spending plans give us the chance to reflect our priorities – improving outcomes, opportunities and quality of life for local people, giving value for money, and supporting the most vulnerable people in the city.
It’s also true that in tough economic times, and to tackle an underlying deficit in public finances nationally, every part of the public sector will be feeling the squeeze.
For Bristol City Council, we estimate that this will mean needing to spend around £50 million less over the next three years – with some £22 million coming out of our £400 million budget next year alone – a reduction of around 5% each year.
We’re today (6th October) publishing our detailed proposals for how we’ll save £22 million next year – and setting out any service impacts associated with each proposal.
More information is also available at www.bristol.gov.uk/savingsplan.
Since June we have been holding a Budget Conversation with local people, on this website. We were asking for your ideas on how we could save money and deliver services more efficiently and raise income. The City Council’s Cabinet and senior staff have considered these ideas.
See responses to some of the ideas, and the suggestions we will be taking forward on the ‘Results’ page.