East Renfrewshire Council budget consultation for 2023-2026

Closed 9 Dec 2022

Opened 3 Nov 2022

Overview

Welcome to our budget consultation which is part of our engagement exercise with local residents over the significant funding challenges faced by East Renfrewshire Council.

We want to hear your views on our spending plans for the next three years (2023-2026) at a time when every council across the UK is having to make very difficult decisions as a result of funding pressures. We announced recently that we could face a funding shortfall of more than £30m in the next three years, meaning that without an increase of funding of over £30m, we will not be able to deliver the same levels of service we are currently providing.

The Council has already made huge efforts to make savings in the past number of years through improving efficiencies, generating more income and using some of our reserves. Where possible, the Council will always avoid cutting frontline services, however the current financial challenges mean that we will have to make service cuts across all our departments.

Council services are organised into the following areas in the consultation:

 1. Education Department

 2. Environment Department

 3. Business Operations & Partnerships

 4. Support Services

We have not included services delivered by the Health and Social Care Partnership as they have their own separate Board who will decide on what savings they have to make.

Prior to completing the survey, it will be helpful to read the accompanying documents in the related documents section

  • Budget Briefing 1- outlines the size of our funding challenge
  • Budget Briefing 2 - contains detailed information on our current spending in 2022/23
  • Budget Briefing 3- provides information on savings proposals we have to consider because of our estimated funding shortfall of £30m over the next three years. 

To help you experience the challenges of setting a budget we also have a simulator tool where you can make decisions on what budgets to increase or decrease. This is just an example budget to help you see the impact that decisions can have on residents and services. You can then complete the online survey link to give us your specific comments on our proposed savings.

The information you provide will be presented to the Council's Budget Strategy Group, made up of administration elected members in December, to help inform any decisions being made.

Please do take the time to complete this survey and share your views. Just make sure that you click “finish” and then “submit” when you have completed your response. There are 22 questions to answer in total. 

Please also ensure you have cookies enabled to complete the survey.

Why your views matter

 

In previous years you have told us what your priorities are when it comes to spending and councillors' factor that into their thinking when they set the council’s budget. We would therefore like your feedback on what services we should consider reducing, and we also welcome your feedback on any further steps you think we can take to lessen the impact of these options, or if you believe we can make our savings in a different way. We do not want to make any cuts but are having to consider such difficult decisions because of the scale of the challenge.

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Planning
  • Roads and Transport
  • Regeneration
  • Economic Development
  • Cleansing and Recycling
  • Parks and Greenspaces
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Environmental Health
  • Housing
  • Community Planning
  • Young Persons Services
  • Equalities
  • Community Learning and Development
  • Community Safety
  • Licensing
  • Policy & Improvement
  • Schools and Family Centres
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Family Learning