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Budget consultation - Financial Year 2015-16

Budget: Have your say 2015/16

We need to save £85m over the next four years. We’ll have less money in the future, so we’ll have fewer staff and won’t be able to do as much. What council services would you choose to protect, reduce or cease?

An initial phase of consultaiton and engagement ran from 21 August to 29 September 2014 and over 4,600 responses were received.

Consultation and engagement on our draft policy proposals will commence on 30 October until 10 December 2014. Details on how to have your say will be published on this page, via the press and in printed booklets that will be distributed widely.

We will make the best of what we’ve got

It’s a difficult time to be in the public sector. The world is changing and there will be less money. The public sector will have to change radically because of having less money. Some difficult choices will have to be made and at Walsall Council we expect that we’ll have to save £85 million over the next four years.

There are four main areas that we’re focussing on to make a difference.

  1. We’re helping businesses create jobs and opportunities in Walsall and we’re helping Walsall people find work.
  2. We’re helping Walsall people lead healthier lives and older people live independently.
  3. We’re creating safe and sustainable places where everyone can live.
  4. We’re working to help the children who need the most help and we’re working so children can learn and make the best start in life they can.

What Walsall Council Does

Walsall Council provides a wide range of statutory (by law) and discretionary (optional) services. Remind yourself of the different services we provide by reviewing our list of services (20KB .PDF) and street scene picture (178KB .PDF).

Look out for our draft budget proposals to be published in late October 2014.

We’re working harder than ever to make Walsall a better place for everyone. We’ll have less money and we are likely to have fewer people so we’ll be able to do less. But we’ll make the best of what we’ve got. You can read more about the council's budget in the Budget Book 2014/15 or view our key financial information page .

You said, we did

Information gathered as part of budget consultation is used alongside other data and knowledge to inform decision making around the budget. Each year, in a report to Cabinet, we summarise what people told us and what policy decisions were made. This extract from the Cabinet report for 5 February 2014 (72KB .PDF) details what budget proposals were approved and rejected as part of the 2014/15 budget setting process.

This page was last updated on 20 October 2014