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An introduction from the Mayor

Since the Government’s austerity programme started in 2010, the council has worked hard to protect our vulnerable children, adults and frontline services despite our core funding being cut by £148m -64% in real terms.

By introducing a rolling three year budget in 2017, we have been able to change the way services are delivered across the council. Since then, we have saved £38m from our budget. However ongoing government cuts and rising demand for our services mean in the coming three years we will have to save a further £44m.

We have made a number of tough choices to minimise the impact on the services you have told us you rely on the most. We have also made significant efficiency savings by doing more for less.

We have managed to keep all of our Idea Stores, libraries, leisure centres and children centres open. We’ve built more affordable homes than anywhere else in the country, launched a ground-breaking tackling poverty fund and invested in fighting crime and anti-social behaviour, including providing funding for additional police officers.

With continuing government cuts, we have to look at innovative ways to generate additional income, work more closely with our partners and make our services more efficient. Your Borough Your Future is your chance to get involved in the budget conversations and help us shape our priorities.

Mayor John Biggs