Consultation on council budget asks where the cuts should fall

November 19 2021

Bristol City Council is calling for a city-wide approach to help bridge a £23m gap in its budget for 2022-23.
A consultation launched in November to seek the public's views on ways to mitigate the shortfall, which is linked to the pandemic and increasing social care costs. This includes options for council tax levels and social care precept, while the council also looks to become more efficient to reduce costs.
The options range from making no change to a 1.99% increase in the amount you pay for general council services plus a further option to add up to 1% more towards the cost of adult social care (the social care precept allows the council to make an additional charge within Council Tax specifically ring fenced for social care costs in 2022/23).
Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance, Cllr Craig Cheney, said: “There remains a significant financial challenge for the coming year and Bristol is not alone. The local picture in Bristol reflects the national one as the public sector is squeezed like never before.
“Reduced Government funding comes at a time when need has never been greater as people face housing, care, mental health and employment crises. Our biggest expenditure is social care services, and demand and costs for care services has increased.
“Setting a budget for the next year is a complex task and we are looking at all ways we can drive down costs and work more efficiently while continuing to provide the services our citizens value.”
People living in Bishopston, Redland and across Bristol can access the budget consultation until Friday 17 December. It can be completed here:  Budget 2022-2023 Consultation
You can request alternative formats of this consultation, including a paper copy, by contacting the Consultation and Engagement Team on consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848.