Sheffield City Council is facing a significant budget challenge; over the last four years they have had to save £238 million, due to Government cuts. HMG are continuing to make cuts to the Council’s budget and by next year it will have lost 50% of its funding since 2010. HMG continues to make cuts despite originally claiming that cuts would only last four years. SCC is required to save another £60m next year which means difficult decisions to make about where to invest money and where to save or do things differently.
SCC will continue to make the case to HMG that cuts of this scale are having a negative impact on Sheffield. They also have a legal duty to set a balanced budget.Their Council Leader, Julie Dore, says it is important they take control of their City’s destiny with a long term approach to developing the best solutions for Sheffield, so they can continue to provide the right services with the available resources.
SCC has clear priorities which they will use to guide and help them achieve the best outcomes for Sheffield. Julie Dore says she is ambitious for Sheffield and proud of the way Sheffield people are coming together in these extremely challenging circumstances to work with the Council to finding alternative ways of providing services, where the funding is no longer available to continue providing those services as they have done. They want as many Sheffield people and organisations as possible to help shape how this challenge is met.
She is pleased to invite you to the Council’s Budget conversation at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday 21 October at 6.00 – 7.30pm – the starting point for talking with people who live and work in Sheffield about the 2015/16 budget – it will provide opportunities for local people, business, partner organisations, and voluntary and community groups to discuss the overall challenge and subsequently detailed consultation on more specific proposals. The event will offer you:
• Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, explain Council’s priorities & approach;
• Presentations from Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources/ John Mothersole, Council’s CEO on financial challenge and a balanced budget
• Your views on priorities, strategic planning, changes and where to make further savings.
As proposals develop, Cllr Dore confirms they will provide information about how to join consultations on specific proposals and how they have taken your views into account.
Details are on their website https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/
The event is open to representatives of organisations and members of the public. Only two people from any organisation can attend this event to ensure wide involvement.
They hope you can join them at their event – please call 0114 2735417 or email PPCBusinessSupport@sheffield.gov.uk to confirm representative details.
Please pass this invitation on to anyone who may be interested.
Councillor Julie Dore
Leader of Sheffield City Council