The council has a number of financial challenges.
We must provide services, including those we are required to, within the money that is available to us. That money has already reduced and there is no sign this will change.
Image caption: the funding we receive from central government has reduced year on year since 2010. In the eight years between 2010/11 and 2017/18 we will have received £98.6 million less from the government. This is a reduction of over 50% in the funding provided.
At the same time our costs are increasing. This means we have had to find savings of over £198 million over the eight years – including an estimated £11.2 million in 2018/19.
We cannot make these savings without changes to our structure, the way we work and the services we are able to deliver. We are already reshaping the way we work, finding new and innovative ways to maintain services within the budget that is available to us. We will need to continue to do this.
We are proud of the services we provide to you. Our children’s services have recently been independently rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, one of only two councils in Greater Manchester to achieve this rating.
As a result of the financial challenges we face we cannot, however, continue to deliver all of the services we provide in the same way or at the same level that we do now. Changes are needed if we are to continue to provide both high quality services and those that matter most to you.
Your feedback really does count. We hope the information we have provided helps you to understand the issues we are trying to balance in developing our budget proposals.