Solihull’s Cabinet meet this evening to make recommendations to Full Council on the budget for next year.
As per the last few years, things have been tight and efficiency savings made, with most areas of the council budget seeing either a reduction in revenue or no increase. Again, the staff at Solihull Council have met the reduction in funds head on and a balanced budget is set for adoption by Full Council on 28 February.
I have posted the relevant papers regarding the budget framework, which can also be viewed via the councils website: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mginternet/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=130&MId=161&Ver=4 (agenda item no. 7).
The Budget Framework report BUDGET FRAMEWORK 201415 201617 provides a commentary on the issues surrounding the budget, to guide councillors and members of the public through financial aspects. You will see, at paragraph 4.3 the reference is made for no change in Council Tax – there will no increase (again – four years running?). I have also posted here appendices that accompany the main report, these relate to the use of reserves to support financing the budget (can only be used one time don’t forget) and reports relating to individual portfolios (areas of the council). These are posted here (A to E) : Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Budget Appendix E Final .
Please do not hesitate to comment or get back to me regarding the budget (or any other issue).
We are fortunate to have great staff at Solihull who have worked wonders to ensure public funds are spent wisely. In previous years, despite budgets being cut many areas showed an underspend, meaning revenue could be used to support meeting the following years budget. We are also a council that punches over its weight, being a leading council in innovation and partnership working.
On Tuesday 18 February we are holding a special council meeting to examine the concept of ‘Rewiring Public Services’. I will comment further on this next week, but have posted a link to the Local Government Association website relating to this topic: http://www.local.gov.uk/campaigns