Invitation to Sheffield Budget 2016/2017 Event 19th November 2015

11 Nov

Invitation to Sheffield Budget 2016/2017 Event

Sheffield City Council continues to face significant financial challenges, as the Government is expected to make further cuts to local government in the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year.

The Council has successfully balanced the books each year for the last five years, making savings of £300 million over that time, including a 50% cut to its revenue grant from central government. Over this time, we have demonstrated clear and competent leadership by prioritising the protection of front line services as far as possible and protecting services for the most vulnerable in the city in the face of unprecedented cuts to funding.  We have a strong track record of managing Sheffield’s public finances by making significant savings in management costs, accommodation, IT and successfully redesigning services.

I am extremely proud of our city and of the way that Sheffield people are coming together in these deeply challenging circumstances to work with the Council to find alternative ways of providing services that we no longer have the funding to continue delivering in the same way as we have done before. However, we have also had to make difficult decisions over the last five years about services that the people of Sheffield care deeply about.  We will continue to make the case to the Government that continued cuts of this scale are having a negative impact on our city.

It is important, though, that we continue to be ambitious for our great city, and that we adopt a long term approach to developing the best solutions for Sheffield, so that we can continue to provide the right services with the resources that we have. The Council has set clear priorities which will guide us and help us to achieve the best outcomes for the city.

Next year we anticipate that the Council will have to find a further £51million in savings as a result of further Government cuts, increased demand for services such as adult social care and rising cost pressures beyond the council’s control.  Every year we are required by law to set a balanced budget.

Therefore, as in previous years, we want you, and as many other Sheffield people and organisations as possible, to have the opportunity to help shape how we meet this latest budget challenge.

So I am pleased to invite you to a meeting about next year’s Council Budget – at Sheffield Town Hall on Thursday 19 November at 6.00 – 7.30pm. The event will include presentations from Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources and from John Mothersole, the Council’s Chief Executive setting out the financial challenge and our overall approach to setting a balanced budget. There will also be a chance for you to have a say on the priorities, changes that need to be made over the next few years, and to give us your ideas about where further savings can be made.

The event is open to representatives of organisations and members of the public.  Because we want as many different people to attend we can only offer a maximum of two places per organisation.

Over the next few months as we develop more detailed proposals, we will let you know how you can take part in consultations on specific issues and have your say on our overall approach.  Details of these will be on our website www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget.

I hope you can join us at the event on the 19 November – please call 0114 2735417 or email PPCBusinessSupport@sheffield.gov.uk to confirm your attendance (with the names of your organisation’s representatives.)  Please pass this invitation on to anyone who may be interested.

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