02/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/06/2019 11:02
Caerphilly county borough council is set to reconsider a number of savings proposals after listening to feedback from local residents following a major budget consultation.
A list of proposed cuts for 2019/20 will be revisited when the council's Cabinet meet next week (Wednesday 13th February). Cabinet Members have carefully considered all the feedback received during the far-reaching consultation and will be proposing a final detailed budget for 2019/20.
Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole said, 'We believe in meaningful consultation and the importance of giving local people the chance to help shape our services. The public feedback received from the recent budget consultation sent a clear message that some of the proposed savings were unpalatable, so we have listened carefully to the feedback and have reinstated a number of proposed savings in response. We will be taking a number of these savings off the table for the time being.'
Some of the proposed cuts that are recommended to be deferred include:
'We are able to reconsider these savings based on the final financial settlement announced by Welsh Government back in December. The outcome was slightly better than expected, so we are now able to make some adjustments and this clearly demonstrates 'you said and we listened', in response to the feedback received.' added Cllr Poole.
'However, we are not complacent as there is still much to do to ensure that we rise to the challenge of the very difficult budget pressures that lie ahead.'The final budget proposals for 2019/20 will be considered by Full Council on Thursday 21st February 2019.