Bolton Council will be holding a series of consultation meetings on its overall budget proposals in October and November 2012.
The council has outlined plans to make further savings of £35.6m over the next two years. This represents a reduction of around 20% in the council’s controllable budget of £178m and follows £60m savings made already by the council over the last two years.
The cutbacks are due to a reduction in the total amount of government grant the council receives, as well as unavoidable cost increases due to inflation, increased costs of social care, waste disposal and transport. The council must also find additional savings due to changes in the council tax benefit scheme.
Each department has outlined detailed proposals for carrying out these savings and efficiencies. However, due to its legal responsibilities to provide adult and children’s social care and the council’s priority to ensure that these services are least affected, the savings targets for these services will be a significantly smaller proportion of their overall budgets in comparison to other departments.
The meetings will take place on the following dates and residents are welcome to attend any of the meetings.
• Tuesday 30 October 7pm-8.30pm Horwich Resource Centre, Beaumont Road, Horwich
• Thursday 1 November 7pm-8.30pm T:mac, Turton High School Media Arts College, Arts Theatre, Bromley Cross
• Wednesday 7 November 7pm-8.30pm Council Chamber, Westhoughton Town Hall, Market Street, Westhoughton
• Wednesday 14 November 1pm-2.30pm Festival Hall, Bolton Town Hall
• Wednesday 14 November 7pm-8.30pm Trinity Church Hall, Market Street, Farnworth
A survey is also available on the council website for everyone – www.bolton.gov.uk – under the ‘savings and efficiencies’ area with a paper version on request.