A public consultation has launched to gather feedback on Nottingham City Council's proposals to make £15.6 million of savings, in order to balance its budget for 2021/2022.
Background on the council's current financial situation
As is the case across the country, Nottingham City Council has continued to see a reduction in central government funding over the last 10 years. In 2010, the local authority received £126 million a year from central government, however, for 2020/2021, this has been reduced to £25 million. Now more than ever, the council recognises that more money is needed to fund essential services.
The effects of Covid-19 and the uncertainties of Brexit have had an impacted on the council's finances. In addition, the council has experienced significant financial exposures in respect of its interest in Robin Hood Energy (RHE). Following a Strategic Review of RHE, the decision was made last year to sell the customer base of the company to Centrica and the company entered into administration in January this year (2021). The Council has fully accepted the Public Interest Report on this and has both developed and is implementing an Action Plan to improve the governance of its companies moving forward.
What are the key proposals for Nottingham City Council's Budget (2021/2022)?
As part of the council's budget plans, there is a proposed increase in basic Council Tax from April 2021 of 1.99% and an additional increase of 3% to fund pressures in Adult Social Care funding as permitted by the government for 2021/22. This results in a total proposed increase in Council Tax of 4.99%.
The council has also set out a number of further proposals which include:
- Reviewing and redesigning the way adult social care is provided
- Reducing the number of Community Protection Officers by 20
- Rationalising the Link bus network
- Limiting the number of children's centres to the highest-need wards
- Reviewing heritage site charges and redesigning museum operations
- Reviewing leisure centre operations
- Reducing area committees and associated chair's allowance
- A workforce reduction of 280 full-time equivalent posts, 109 of which are vacancies
You can view the budget proposals in full here.
Take part in the consultation
To have your say on the proposals, please click here.
Responses will be collated, summarised and included in a report to the full council, as a result, please do not disclose any personal identifiable information.
The consultation will close on 28 February 2021.