Budget consultation 2010/11

Budget proposals

Discussion started: 10/12/09
Discussion ended: 18/01/10

Summary

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet wanted to know your views on their draft budget for the next financial year 2010/11.  Comments were being requested here and through the online form.  This year’s budget proposals aim to keep rises in council tax bills down to 2%.  We expect to gain £1.7 million in the coming year from our ongoing programme transforming the way the council works.  This money will be ploughed back into protecting frontline services where it is needed most.  You can see the draft budget proposals in full at www.bristol.gov.uk/budgetconsultation.

The priorities identified in the draft budget proposals are:

  • Spending money most efficiently and coping with cost pressures
  • Improving the environment and neighbourhoods
  • Improving our high skilled future and promoting the city’s sustainable economic growth
  • Looking after the most vulnerable people in the city

Background Papers:

The cabinet wanted your feedback on the following questions:

  • What one change or improvement to council services would make a real difference to you or your family?
  • Are there any services you think we should spend less on whilst still meeting the need to deliver vital services and care for others?
  • Would you change anything in the budget proposals to help deliver the improvements you want to see most?

Comment wrap-up

120 people responded to the Budget consultation.
Responses to the questions were read and categorised into themes.  The main themes identified in this report are ones where 5% or more of the comments related to this theme, as a percentage of the number of responses to each question.  Example comments are provided on the top three themes at the end of this report.  Categorisation of all comments be seen in a separate document Appendix A. 

Summary
Questions asked and the top three themes from the responses.

1. What one change or improvement to council services would make a real difference to you or your family? (116 Comments)
· Public transport (21 Comments)
· Waste and Recycling (19 comments)
· Cutting spending/lowering council tax/making efficiency savings (12 Comments)

2. Are there any services you think we should spend less on whilst still meeting the need to deliver vital services and care for others?  (99 Comments)
· Cutting spending/lowering council tax/making efficiency savings (12 Comments)
· No / None (11 Comments)
· Equalities / Minority groups/ Immigration (8 Comments) 

3. Would you change anything in the budget proposals to help deliver improvements you want to see most? (195 Comments)
· Education / employment / young people (21 Comments) 
· Traffic Management / Roads / Pavements / transport planning (18 Comments) 
· Cut spending / lower council tax / freeze council tax / Efficiency savings (16 Comments) 

You can see the comment wrap up here:
Budget consultation report Summary 2010

Watch the Full Council Budget setting meeting that took place on 24th February 2010
bristol.gov.uk/webcasting

You can view the closed discussion thread here.