Reducing our spending
In total, we have saved more than £120 million since Central Bedfordshire Council was created in 2009. We’ve done this by taking a range of actions such as cutting the pay of our staff, renegotiating our contracts and reducing the number of office buildings we work from.
But we have more to do. In 2018/19 we need to reduce our spending by a further £13.8 million.
So the council has to make some decisions about how it will balance its books.
The types of changes include:
- £8.3 million from providing services more efficiently, without affecting customers' experience
- £2.5 million from getting involved as soon as possible with either children, families or adults who are vulnerable (because of ill health, disability or risk of abuse or neglect). By working with people early, we can help them to avoid needing more support in the long term, which saves money
- £1.8 million by generating income from trading services
- £1.4 million by determining the council's offer, which means for some services, residents could opt to make their own contributions to “top-up” the service they receive
You can read the detailed efficiency proposals (link opens in new window) (see Appendix D9ii) as part of the budget papers (agenda item 8) for the Executive Committee meeting on 6 February 2018.
The full suite of budget papers are available online to read (link opens in new window), they can be found under agenda items 8, 9 and 10 for the Executive Committee meeting.