Rochford District Budget Survey – Have your Say

This is an unprecedented time for Local Authorities when it comes to the funding restrictions we face, and we must continually strive for new and efficient ways of delivering high quality services. This challenge means that we must also drive towards financial sustainability; which is anticipated for Rochford District Council in 2021.

As a Council we cannot do this without the support of our residents, therefore we have created a series of questions in this following survey to gather your views and feelings.

This is your opportunity. It is your chance to influence how the Council spend its precious resources, how it considers what we do in the future and the chance for you to help us protect the services we all care most dearly about.

Please take the opportunity to have your say by completing the survey. The closing date is Sunday 8 January 2017.

Thank you in advance for taking part; your views are essential in the service we provide.

Councillor Terry Cutmore
Leader, Rochford District Council

1. The scale of the challenge

Between 2010 and 2016 we have delivered a range of efficiencies of circa £2.2m, this equates to a more than a 13% reduction to the 2010 base budget; which has enabled us to continue to deliver the key services that you have told us that you value.

Unfortunately, central government grants, which used to make up 41% of the funding for Rochford will be zero by 2020 and in addition the Council continues to face inflation pressures as well as increasing demands for public services, which create a difference between the level of funding available and the amount of money the Council needs to spend (called the gap), of around £2.7m by 2021/22.

The graph below shows the scale of the issue and the journey that RDC is already to help close the funding gap:

Budget survey 2016 graph

The Council has made bold steps toward closing the funding gap, through transforming itself into a leaner, more efficient organisation. However, there still remains a circa £0.6m funding gap by 2021/22 which will need to be closed through further savings options, service choices and new income streams.

The table below sets out the major front line spend items, as budgeted in 2016/17:

Budget survey 2016 graph 3

With all this in mind, we would like to hear your views about the services we provide and whether you have any ideas on further savings that could be made or new income streams.

Please have your say by filling in the Budget Survey in related links below