Despite making significant savings and capitalising on opportunities to earn income, Bath & North East Somerset Council needs to save a further £16.2m by April 2020. This is on top of the £14.8m worth of savings already planned over the same period.
The Council currently spends 75 pence out of every pound in its budget on adult social care and children’s services. This is predicted to rise to a minimum of 80 pence in every pound by the end of the year and could rise higher. This means all other services will have to be funded from what’s left.
The Council leadership will be bringing together information on the challenges faced and will be lobbying Government to address some of the pressures faced, particularly in Adult Care and Children’s Services, given its track record as a well-run Council that has lived within its means.
The Council wants to hear local people’s views on how best the authority can balance its budget, to ensure it continues to protect the most vulnerable while investing for the future and will hold Forums in November/December:
15th Nov – Freshford Village Memorial Hall, 6pm
22nd Nov – The Kaposvar Room, Guildhall, Bath, 6pm
27th Nov – Council Chamber, Guildhall, Bath, 6pm
29th Nov – Midsomer Norton Town Hall (TBC), 6pm
30th Nov – Community Space, Keynsham, 6:30pm