Release date: 15 January 2019
A draft budget is being presented to county councillors at a meeting this week (Thursday 17 January).
West Sussex County Council’s Performance and Finance Select Committee will scrutinise the proposed budget for 2019/20 before it is approved at the full council meeting on February 15.
Committee members from all three parties will be able to raise questions and give any comments which will then be considered by Cabinet at a meeting later in January ahead of presentation of the final budget to county council for approval.
Pieter Montyn, chairman of the committee said: “Like many local authorities, West Sussex County Council faces unprecedented financial pressures. Funding from central government is being cut and there is increasing demand for services, including children’s and adults’ social care.
“This draft budget proposes ways the council can make savings and generate income whilst continuing to meet the priorities and objectives as agreed in the West Sussex Plan. The committee will look carefully at the proposed budget and put forward any comments or recommendations for consideration by Cabinet.”
In the last eight years the county council has saved almost £200m and in the same period, government funding has been cut by £145m.
In the draft budget the council proposes prioritising the services which make the biggest difference to the lives of residents, including Adults’ Social Care.
This is in line with the West Sussex Plan which sets out how the county council plans to shape its services for the next five years.
The meeting will be held at 10:30am at County Hall, Chichester. To view the papers for the committee visit: https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=165&MId=625
For more information about the West Sussex Plan, visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/the-west-sussex-plan/