Reading Borough Council estimates it needs to save a further £39million over the next 3 years to 2019. This is because since 2013/14 the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding by 40%. These cuts are taking place at a time when demand for local Council services in Reading is increasing.
Over the next three years the Council will be making a series of budget proposals to make the savings needed. The latest package of savings, efficiencies and income proposals, were agreed for consultation at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee on 20 July 2015. These total £7.24million.
To read more detail on the individual budget proposals, including how they could affect the services you use, go to www.reading.gov.uk/budget. Under each of the proposals will be a section where you can leave your comments. Please take some time to read through the individual proposals and feedback your thoughts in the context of the current budget limitations the Council is facing. Reading Voluntary Action has also published information on the proposals as they affect the voluntary sector at rva.org.uk/reading-borough-council-funding-and-commissioning-review
Hard copies of the full proposals are also available to view at libraries, leisure centres and the Civic Offices, and if you prefer to write in with your comments on any of the individual proposals you can do so. Please ensure the budget proposal (or proposals) you are referring to is clearly identified
You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to the following address:
Reading Borough Council
Reading RG1 2LU
This consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 16 October 2015.
All feedback will be considered in advance of final decisions through the Autumn and Winter.