Council will be £17m worse off


Council services will lose another £17.4m in funding in the next financial year.

This is an 8.6 per cent reduction in Central Beds Council’s overall budget from the present financial year.

Before the reduction in funding the council has £203.3m to spend but in 2014/15 it will have only £185.9m.

Over the following three years the council will need to cut its spending by a further £25.6m whilst demands on services continue to increase. This is a result of councils across the country receiving decreasing amounts of funding year on year.

Central Beds council has already had to cut a massive £60m from its budget since 2009.

Broken down by directorate, Social Care, Health and Housing will have a net expenditure of £62.9m, down from 69.7m, Children’s Services will have £44.7m, down from £47.3m and Community Services will have £34.4m, down from £37.2m.

Regeneration and Business Support will get £7.4m,. down from £8.3m, Improvement and Corporate Services and Corporate Resources will receive £26.6m, down from £30m and Corporate Costs has a relatively small decrease from £10.8m to £10.6m.

The budget factors in Central Beds Council’s portion of the council tax bill being frozen for the fourth year.

The council’s budget plan is open for public consultation until Friday, January 31.

Executive member for corporate resources and deputy leader of the council, Councillor Maurice Jones, said: “We have a proven track record of delivering savings, having delivered £60m of efficiencies since the council came into existence in 2009.

“We remain determined to deliver value for money, so we have carefully scrutinised our spending to look at where further efficiency savings can be made or income generated and have put together a budget that allows us to maintain essential services.

“We remain committed to listening to our residents and I hope that people will take time to give us their views.”

To complete the consultation visit

Paper copies are available at the council’s headquarters in Priory House, Chicksands.

The budget will be discussed by the council’s executive committee on Tuesday (January 14) and Thursday, February 20.