Rochford District Budget Survey – Have your Say

Rochford District Budget Survey 2019/20 – Have your Say 

It remains a challenging time for Local Authorities as we continue to face significant funding constraints, whilst managing increases in demand for our services and other budgetary pressures such as inflation costs. This challenge means that we must continue to drive towards financial sustainability whilst also striving for new and efficient ways of delivering high quality services.

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

This is your chance to influence how the Council spends its resources, shape what we do in the future and help us protect the services we all value. 

Please take the opportunity to have your say by completing the survey. The closing date is Sunday 13 January 2019. 

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

Councillor Terry Cutmore

Leader, Rochford District Council

The Scale of the Challenge 

Between 2010 and 2018 Rochford District Council has delivered a range of efficiencies totalling circa £4.4m whilst continuing to deliver the key services that you have told us that you value. An additional £0.85m of savings are planned to be achieved in the 2018/19 financial year.

Central government grants used to make up 41% of the funding for Rochford; however these will be zero by 2020. In addition the Council continues to face inflationary pressures and increasing demand for public services, which creates an expected difference between the level of funding available and the amount of money the Council needs to spend (called the budget gap), of around £1.4m by 2023/24. 

Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS)

The Council is making bold steps towards closing the funding gap, by transforming itself into a leaner, more efficient organisation. The remaining gap 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 2018/19
 
2018/19 Major Front Line Spend Items £m
Recycling Collection 1.1
Street Cleansing 0.7
Parks & Open Space 0.7
Planning Services 0.05
Planning Policy and Economic Development 0.41
Accomdation for Homeless 0.7
Leisure Services 0.0

With 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.