Scrutiny of financial challenges

Financial challenges facing the County Council are to be reviewed by councillors this week (Friday 5 October).

 

Release date: 2 September 2018

West Sussex County Council’s Performance and Finance Select Committee will meet to review the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan for the next four years. This sets out the financial outlook for the Council and will inform crucial budget plans for 2019/20 for the delivery of services and priorities in the next financial year.

The committee will also hear feedback from residents following the results of the council’s What Matters to You? survey, which ran from April to August, which asked residents for their views on how the council spends its money, council tax, its priorities and services.

The meeting on 5 October at County Hall, Chichester, will review the sources of funding available to the council and the key pressures facing its services and scrutinise plans for how the Council’s aims and objectives can be delivered despite the challenging financial times. Given the importance of this discussion, all seventy county councillors have been invited to attend this meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions. The public can attend to observe the meeting.

Pieter Montyn, chairman of the committee said: “West Sussex County Council is not alone in having to look extremely carefully at the money we spend and how we can continue to deliver services.

“Finances in local government are in a very difficult place at the moment due to continued decreasing funding from central government coupled with unprecedented demand on services, in particular social care. The committee will closely examine the Financial Strategy and provide comments to the Cabinet for their consideration.”

The meeting will be held at 10.30am at County Hall, Chichester. You can view the papers for the committee on the West Sussex County Council website.

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