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Funding cuts since 2011


Over the last five years we've made huge changes to services and the way we work. Find out more about the biggest challenge in our history.

Watch the video where Money Matters outlines the challenges and choices facing us to set the budget for 2017 / 2018 and how you can help.

How much have we had to save?

We've had to save more than £180 million as funding from central government has gone down year after year. Alongside this some costs (like energy and fuel) have risen and demand for some services has risen.

How have we responded to this challenge?

From the start we have listened to your views and worked together. This has helped shape our approach which includes:

  • reducing the impact on frontline services
  • cutting back office functions
  • prioritising some services over others
  • where necessary, using council reserves

By streamlining services and finding new ways to work more efficiently we've tried to lessen the impact on you and we hope you won't have noticed too many of the changes we have made.

What has changed since 2011?

  • £185.9 million savings made
  • 2,109 fewer positions
  • funding from government has been cut by around 49%

What's needed still?

  • £29.1 million savings next year (2017/2018) - this is what we're asking for your views on now
  • £64.1 million savings in total to 2020

Some of the ways we've made savings

  • £5.5 million saved by moving to fortnightly refuse collections, improving recycling rates, reviewing collection routes and negotiating new waste contracts.
  • £756,000 saved through our street lighting energy reduction programme. We expect this to save a further £55 million in the next 25 years.
  • Nearly £2 million saved by working with local communities to find better ways of running valued facilities such as leisure centres and community centres.
  • £1.9 million by reviewing our grounds maintenance including planting roadside wildflowers - good for wildlife and good for budgets.
  • £1.26 million saved by running less council depots and from lower building maintenance costs.
  • £1 million saved from a review of children's centres resulting in fewer council run centres but more services in community venues, reaching more children and families in greatest need.
  • We have protected our gritting and snow clearance budgets.

Your views the last time we consulted in 2013

In 2013 we asked for your views on how we could further reduce spending between 2014 and 2017. Over 3,000 people told us which services we should try to protect and which should have larger cuts to help achieve the savings. This is what you said:

Make smaller savings in:

  • job creation opportunities
  • protecting children and vulnerable adults
  • support for adults in their homes
  • school support and education services
  • support for community projects, centres, partnerships and groups
  • gritting and snow clearance
  • support for families

Make bigger savings in:

  • back office support such as finance, legal, IT, human resources and communications
  • subsidised bus travel
Contact us
County Durham Partnership
03000 263 593
Our address is:
  • Transformation and Partnerships
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
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