Budget Consultation for 2024 to 2025

The Budget Consultation for 2024 to 2025 closed on 29 January 2024.

Results from this consultation will be published on our consultation results webpage shortly.

Consultation feedback will be discussed by Councillors at Full Council on 27 February 2024, where the decision to approve and adopt the budget will also be taken.

Members of the public can attend service committee meetings and Full Council. Agendas, minutes and details of up-coming meetings can be found here.

Contact Research and Consultation

For any queries about this consultation please email the Research and Consultation team CEConsultation@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

If you do not have email access please call Customer Services on 0300 123 55 00 who will send your enquiry on your behalf.

Outcomes from last year's budget consultation

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Your comments

We moderate all comments before we make them public. We try to approve new comments as soon as possible, though our core hours for approvals are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Moderation rules (PDF, 39KB).

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Comments, alongside names, will also be included in reports of engagement responses, which will be distributed to key decision makers and published on our consultation results page.

Use the form below to submit your comments.

  • Ian Kennedy
    1. 11 January 2024 at 6:29PM, Ian Kennedy wrote

    Car park charges. I use Wilmslow as an example. The South Drive fee of 70p per hour has been in force for several years. As the vast majority of the users go to Sainsburys who then refund the car park cost, it would be practical to raise the fee to £1 for the first hour.

  • Graham Barrow
    2. 12 January 2024 at 1:43PM, Graham Barrow wrote

    Closing the waste recycling centre in Bollington is very regrettable. The site at Macclesfield is very inaccessible from Bollington and will add to traffic in and around Macclesfield which is contrary to carbon reduction policies.

    Would it be possible to explore making charges to use the waste recycling centres and thus support their running costs?

  • Catherine Fisher
    3. 14 January 2024 at 10:27AM, Catherine Fisher wrote

    I think it will lead to people dumping rubbish in the countryside.

  • Richard Hibbert
    4. 15 January 2024 at 8:40AM, Richard Hibbert wrote

    I would like to see two actions completed both of which I cannot see in the financial proposals;

    1 Efficiencies and effectiveness of spending money - how to get more for every pound and how to publish the performance of doing so (this will reduce cost by over 10% per annum - a proven metric)

    2 A gross sum for all charges levied via Parish and Town Councils to publish what the effective increase in CE rates would be had the body collected these direct rather than indirectly from rate payers

  • System Administrator
    5. 17 January 2024 at 3:07AM, System Administrator wrote

    If we keep going with the cost cutting then eventually there will be no services left around Leisure Centres, Libraries and Parks. Asking some Town Councils to raise their tax to give over subsidies to Cheshire East is unfair on those few taxpayers. The only long term answer is to raise the amount the Cheshire East Council can increase its charge. I suggest a ringfenced 1% for non-statutory services. How much would it cost to hold the necessary referendum to agree this? Or could we petition National Government to raise the cap?

  • Amelia Sharratt
    6. 17 January 2024 at 12:44PM, Amelia Sharratt wrote

    Too many people in the council getting paid excessive wages all doing the same jobs. More money put into the town = more business = more income. Stop focusing on pocketing as much for yourselves and start supporting every person who works to keep the town alive.

  • Helen Gould
    7. 20 January 2024 at 10:05AM, Helen Gould wrote

    Have young offenders, asylum seekers etc engaged in group littler pick/ street weeding voluntary ‘civic pride’ type schemes. Will give them something meaningful and very worthwhile, good publicity and encourage community care and intergration. And show residents they’re giving up thier free time for us to help look after our communities.

  • Helen Gould
    8. 20 January 2024 at 10:07AM, Helen Gould wrote

    Lots more wild flowers verges = less mowing and great for nature. Look at Warrington Council's verges for inspiration.

  • Helen Gould
    9. 20 January 2024 at 10:09AM, Helen Gould wrote

    Local charities always need helpers. Go to C&N CVS website for giving local people a renewed purpose, maybe lessen local mental health/ social exclusion issues too.

  • George Jones
    10. 21 January 2024 at 8:39AM, George Jones wrote

    The CEO earns more than is given to the Office of the Prime Minister. I suggest cutting that positions pay-packet along with other executive pay packets.

    Secondly, you need to find ways of earning without passing costs onto residents. There is a factory complex in Alsager which was built (despite resident's views that they did not want it); why don't you buy it back, hold it for a couple of years, then sell it for a profit?

  • Sandbach Resident
    11. 24 January 2024 at 3:37PM, Sandbach Resident wrote

    The pie chart on the front page of the Consultation makes it clear how much Government subsidy has been cut from the budget. Even the armchair financial commentators cannot deny that rising inflation will have a knock on effect to services. In the consultation we are asked to consider the very difficult decisions that the Council will have to make. It is sober reading to consider cutting subsidy for school meals or from people's care packages. Keyboard warriors can discuss pension packages and wages for qualified and experienced executive staff and nitpick over decisions but cuts to services will have to be made. We're all in this together and need to help make the best decisions from the detailed information provided.

  • Pam Hulme
    12. 24 January 2024 at 5:10PM, Pam Hulme wrote

    I can’t see any details on the job losses within the council. I expect many jobs will go, but you talk about MARS severance, not redundancy. Possibly losing vital skills, because they can afford to leave. A skills audit against the council needs is required and you retain staff who you need and make others redundant. Also you need to reduce the number of Directors, Heads of Service etc. Stop paying for a Community Team that not a statutory function.

  • Martin Flood
    13. 25 January 2024 at 6:19AM, Martin Flood wrote

    The state of the roads in and around Alsager and other parts of Cheshire East is getting worse. Cars are being damaged due to potholes and it is becoming impossible to cycle for fear of injury. It has become noticeably worse over the last year or so.

    What are the reasons for this?

    Why is it so bad in CE compared to other areas in the UK?

    Is funding being increased to address this and how will CE ensure the limited funds that are available are being used effectively?

    Are the right contractors being used and are the methods they use for repairing holes the most effective from a long term view? i.e not just short term patching up only for holes to reappear a short time later.

    It really is getting beyond a joke.

  • M.Smith
    14. 28 January 2024 at 11:59AM, M.Smith wrote

    Sick of hearing local authorities whining about lack of funding from central government, when cutting services and taxing us more. They should be consolidating their power in an approach to central government, and representing our interests more effectively.

    Always plenty of money in central government for war. This is a government that have let 20% of a country with the 5th largest economy slip into poverty.

    Do your job, represent our interests and stop double taxing us. The introduction of a green bin/garden tax during a cost of living crisis suggests a greater loyalty toward a position held, than public interest served.

  • Research and Consultation, Cheshire East Council
    15. 30 January 2024 at 10:02AM, Research and Consultation, Cheshire East Council wrote

    The Budget Consultation for 2024 to 2025 is now closed, and comments will no longer be published. Thank you to all who have commented on this year's Budget Consultation. Please see information at the top of this page for further information about next steps.

  • Jeremy stain
    16. 01 February 2024 at 6:49PM, Jeremy stain wrote

    Closure of any tip centres will have a significantly negative impact on local services and inevitably lead to (even) more fly-tipping.

    Refuse and recycling are some of the scant few council services, funded by my council tax, that I actually have any direct personal benefit from.

    Garden waste services have already been withdrawn (and charged separately)… please, please, please do close the tip as well !!! It’s a really important and incredibly well used amenity in Bollington.

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