Shaping Our Services
Cheshire East is facing financial pressures arising from:
Inflationary increases in costs of services.
Demographic changes leading to increased service requirements.
Legislative and best practice impacts on service delivery.
Costs associated with aggregation of services.
Falling income from the impact of recession.
In year spending pressures.
Services are funded from council tax, government grants and charges to users. This income is not likely to significantly increase in the short term.
The council is managing these pressures through its Business Planning Process which considers organisational and service priorities when allocating resources.
The process of developing budgetary proposals, for example changes to service levels, and capital schemes, for example improving roads, schools and IT systems, for the next three years began in July 2009 when the process was launched. This includes two rounds of consultation.
Round 1 - November 2009
Following development of initial ideas the council asked partner organisations for their views on council services. This was done via a series of stakeholder meetings in Knutsford, Congleton and Nantwich. The presentation used for those events can be downloaded here:
The feedback from those events has been analysed and the results are set out in the Summary of Feedback Forms document (PDF, 29KB).
Thank you to all those who took part. This feedback was reported to Cheshire East Council cabinet members on 22 December to inform their deliberations on the budget, which will be set at the council meeting in February.
Round 2 - January 2010
Detailed budgetary options have been published in the first Cheshire East Pre Budget Report (PDF, 729KB). This document takes a fresh approach to consulting on the budget by setting out what service and performance levels it is intended to deliver.
Several stakeholder meetings are being arranged to seek feedback from:
Trades Unions - Thursday 7th January
Schools Forum - Tuesday 12th January
Businesses – Wednesday 13th January
Town and Parish Councils – Monday 18th January
People & Places – Wednesday 20th January
and the document will be made available in libraries, council buildings and on request by emailing us.
Slides from the events
Comments can be also be sent to the above e-mail address. All comments need to be received in advance of Council on 25th February 2010 to form part of the 2010/11 Budget Setting process.