Release date: 3 July 2019
A preview of potential budget savings options for 2020/21 takes place next week at West Sussex County Council.
The council’s Cabinet will introduce their priorities and draft budget savings options for next year on Thursday 11 July.
The meeting of the Cabinet starts at 10.30am at County Hall, Chichester. It will also be webcast live at: www.westsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/home .
Leader of the council Louise Goldsmith said: “We are in the very early stages of planning next year’s budget in very uncertain financial times, so we need to consider as many options as possible. Like many other local authorities across the country, we’re continuing to face unprecedented financial pressures mainly due to the increasing demand on social care services, a reduction in government funding and uncertainty around future funding.
“We have made over £239 million of savings since 2010, with our funding cut £155 million by government, but we still have to save £75.5m million over the next four years. Regrettably, we need to consider significant savings.
“Our draft savings options will be presented next week and as a Cabinet we will then decide which of those options to take forward and investigate further as part of our budget setting process.”
An all-Member Day held at the end of June aired the draft proposals to all county councillors. Following the Cabinet meeting there will be a period of public engagement.
More detailed budget options will be scrutinised by the council’s select committees during their autumn round of meetings before the savings programme is agreed at December’s County Council meeting. In January 2020, Cabinet will formally recommend the 2020/21 budget to the County Council, which meets in February.