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Budget consultation - October 2014

Last year we carried out extensive consultation on how we should address the challenge of reducing our annual budget by approximately £225 million. Before we finalise our plans for next year's budget, we asked you to comment on our approach and let us know if anything significant had changed in your neighbourhood that might impact on what we learnt from the 4,000 people who took part.

Background information

As a council, we continue to face severe financial challenges and estimate that we will have to reduce our annual budget by about £225 million. 

We have made reductions of £137 million attempting, wherever possible, to minimise the impact on service users by taking larger cuts from non-frontline services and management and making efficiency savings.  However, as we have to save a further £88 million over the next three years, £16 million of which has to be found next year, avoiding impacts on frontline services has become increasingly difficult.

What you told us last year

We asked you for your views on how we could make further reductions to our budgets between 2014 - 2017. The results highlighted which services we should try to protect from the full extent of the reductions and which services could have larger cuts to help achieve the savings.

You also told us to be more creative in how we work  and as a result we have developed an approach that asks communities to manage services and facilities to ensure they continue in the future.

Next year's budget

Managing the reductions continues to be extremely difficult and before we finalise plans for next year's budget, we want to give you the opportunity to tell us of any changes in your area and comment on our approach. By taking part, you will help us manage this reduction. You can find out more in the leaflet below:

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How we consulted

Our consultation closed on Tuesday 16 December 2014 and we invited you to have your say on our consultation through a online form, paper or in person.

What happens next?

By January 2015, we expect to have a clearer understanding of the budget and consultation feedback and we will have further talks with our partners who make up the County Durham Partnership. A report will be presented to our Cabinet in February 2015 outlining the consultation feedback and proposed budget. We will publish the feedback and decision here.

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