Like many councils, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are facing severe cuts in their budget for next year.Reductions in the amount of money received from the Government; increases in inflation and demands on their services mean that together they need to find up to £2.8m in savings in order to balance the books for 2012/13. This could come from making savings or by looking at ways to increase income.
In 2013/15 both Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils need to find an additional £4.6m worth of savings in total from a combined budget of £20m.
It will be a tough challenge and they have consulted residents to find out what services are valued and where people think things could be done differently.
I’m not usually a responder to consultations except where the thinking has been done for me and all I have to do is to tick boxes. However this time I thought I should get my act together and provide a proper response which is attached.
If any of my readers agree with my sentiments they might like to contact Babergh and express their opinions. http://www.babergh.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/02F42436-0C12-4B57-B8F6-C98C5D09745E/0/BudgetChallengeleaflet.pdf is a good place to start. I don’t think time constraints matter too much in these situations.