Welcome to the Leeds City Council Initial Budget Proposals for 2015/16. We are facing some brutal and difficult decisions with the services we continue to provide. Next year we will have £46m less central funding, on top of the £129m we have already lose over the last four years. This, coupled with inflation, increased demand for our services, shortfalls in grant funding and other budget pressures mean that next year we need to save £76.1m to balance our budget.
You can see our budget proposals in full in the Documents section of this page, and our consultation is now open until mid January. For a chance to comment on the draft budget for 2015/16 please see the budget consultation link in the external links section on this page. We need your help and views on those which matter to you to make sure we make the right choices.
In summary: our proposals
We have identified savings through continuing to deliver our Best Council Objectives
- dealing with waste more efficiently £1.4m
- building a child-friendly city £0.1m
- delivering a Better Lives programme
- becoming an efficient and enterprising council though
- £5.6m saving on back office and support services
- £2.1m review of assets and rationalisation of accommodation
Efficiency savings – we will save nearly £24m through redesigning our organisation, working more closely within the council and with partners; improving our contract management and contract renegotiation.
Increased income – we will increase some fees and charges above inflation and look at new areas of income such as advertising, temporary car parks and significant funding from the health sector to help social care pressures
Changes to our Services – these include:
- redesign of the services that support children, young people and their families
- a different approach to providing services to young people
- continued downsizing of the community support services in Adult Social Care
- reduced spend on grants and contracts with the third sector
- reduced opening hours of facilities e.g. sports centres, household waste sites
Many of these savings impact on frontline services and there will be a further reduction in our workforce of around 475 staff. As further cuts in funding are expected over the next few years, we would welcome your views on any other ideas to save money for the future.
Since 2012, nearly 4000 of you have told us your priorities for council spending, and thousands more have had their say on the future of key council services. You want us to prioritise:
- care services for children
- services for adults with physical or mental health needs
- bins and waste.
We will continue to try to protect services for our most vulnerable, wherever possible.
Your input into our decisions and our services is vital. If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the council, decision-making and democracy at a local level where it’s important to you, find out more about the Community Committees in your area here, or see the related pages section if you’re interested in joining our Citizen’s Panel.