Mayor’s consultation on a new Corporate Plan

November 01 2016

DRAMATIC changes are likely to the shape of council services under the new medium term financial strategy - the council’s budget and service plans for the next few years. The last few years have seen a substantial cut to funds the council has from central government along with significant increased demands on council services. This is going to happen again, and the grant is going to fall to zero by 2020 as the funds come from Business rates and council tax, plus income earned, instead.

DRAMATIC changes are likely to the shape of council services under the new medium term financial strategy - the council’s budget and service plans for the next few years. The last few years have seen a substantial cut to funds the council has from central government along with significant increased demands on council services. This is going to happen again, and the grant is going to fall to zero by 2020 as the funds come from Business rates and council tax, plus income earned, instead.  

A new Corporate Plan for 2017-2022 is out for consultation from the mayor and it’s worth responding before this closes in January 5. It is a way that local people can highlight services that are vital to them, which services they use and how frequently, and help influence the shape of decisions made about their local area.

Changes that could affect the neighbourhood include the removal of devolved funding for local highway projects; finding alternative ways for delivering parks (maybe trusts or mutual) and savings to the budget for Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs), focusing on priority neighbourhoods. Fewer council-run libraries are being considered, where libraries become community run centres. What will this may mean for the new site being built at Gloucester Road? Urban parishes which could raise their own budget precept separate from the rest of the city are up for discussion, as is reduced funding for planning enforcement.

These are just a few examples of the ideas that could become a reality in future years in the city. Local councillors are keen to stress the importance of responding to the document and taking the opportunity to have your say about what matters to you and your family.

Redland Cllr Martin Fodor said: “It's fair to say that most obvious efficiencies have been exhausted and we are now in an era of severe cuts to services, so please do read the document and feed in your views to Fi Hance and myself. Feel free to copy us in on any submission you make.”

Bishopston Cllr Eleanor Combley added: “This is an extremely important document for all who live in Bristol, and a public consultation is now underway – please have your say! Tom Brook and I would be happy to help with any questions you may have.”

Paper copies of the strategy will be available in libraries or you can access the consultation at the following address www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy .