Our Initial Budget Proposals 2017-18
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Our Initial Budget Proposals 2017-18

Our Initial Budget Proposals 2017/18

Welcome to the Leeds City Council Initial Budget Proposals for 2017/18. From Thursday 15th December 2016 to 31st January 2017 you will have the opportunity to tell us what you think of our proposals before they are finalised at the meeting of full council in February 2017. You can do this by clicking on the link to the survey.

The report attached to this page sets out the council’s financial position for next year, which is expected to see further cuts to the core funding received from government.

The reduction in government funding continues the trend which has seen Leeds City Council receive around £214m less, or 47%, in core funding since 2010. Further reductions in core funding totalling £53m are anticipated by 2020.

The full position will not be known until the council receives its government grant settlement but the council’s best estimate based on accepting the Government’s 4 year funding offer is a reduction in core funding of £25.2m for 2017/18 alone. When rising costs, increased demand for services and other budget pressures are added to this reduction in funding, the council faces an overall funding gap of approximately £75m for next year.

We are therefore once again facing some difficult decisions with our budget and the services we continue to provide, and we need your help and views on those which matter to you to make sure we make the right choices.

Our Proposals

In order to meet the funding gap, all areas of the council will be asked to make savings and efficiencies, although services for vulnerable young and older people will continue to be prioritised with funding in these two areas accounting for 67% of the council’s proposed budget for 2017/18. This would represent an increase of 3% points on the current share of the Council’s budget.

The council itself will continue to get smaller in size, with an estimated reduction of up to 800 full-time equivalent posts (ftes) next year. These will add to more than 2,500 full-time equivalent posts the council has reduced by since 2010, resulting inn savings of over £70m a year as a result.

The council is still waiting for more details from the government before making a final decision on council tax, but given the anticipated financial position it is proposed to rise by 1.99 per cent, plus a further 2% per cent social care precept currently suggested by the government. Together this would generate an estimated additional £10.8m income in 2017/18 to help offset the reduction in central Government funding and other cost pressures.

Section 6 and Appendix 2 of the budget report​ provides the detail of the proposed savings to be made as part of the 2017/18 budget. It is these proposals that the Council would like your views upon ; given the council’s reducing size and financial position, it is keen to engage with all parts of the city as well as all groups and communities to discuss ideas and alternative ways of providing or supporting services.

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