CONSULTATION: Bradford Council 2014-16 Budget proposals

Bradford Metropolitan District Council is seeking the views of local residents, community groups and businesses on proposals for its Budget for the next two financial years. Initial comments are sought now and further consultations will take place as the proposed Budget takes shape in greater detail.

In common with all local authorities, Bradford Council is being forced by central Government spending cuts to make significant savings in the coming years. The Council estimates that it will need to make savings of £115m over the next three years, which is equivalent to a quarter of its current budget and comes on top of £100m of savings that have already been made over the last three years.

The outline budget proposals see savings of £38m in 2014-15 and a further £51m in 2015-16. These initial proposals will be considered by a meeting of the Council's Executive Committee on Tuesday 5 November. The final decision on the Council budget will be made in February 2014.

Bradford Council says that it has managed to make savings up to this point through increased efficiency measures, but future cuts will inevitably have an impact on the provision of council services, which is why it is vital that local people and communities have their say. The outline Budget proposals make no definite recommendations on which services should be prioritised, but lay out a number of options, including increasing Council Tax, using reserves, outsourcing some council functions, increasing trading activity to generate revenue, involving the voluntary sector in delivering services, or combining services with neighbouring councils.

To find out more about the Budget proposals and to make your opinions known, visit the Budget Consultation page on Bradford Council's website.