Please let us know if you have other suggestions for saving money, or comments about You Choose. All comments and suggestions will be analysed along with the data from You Choose, and considered by Councillors making the decisions about budget savings.
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Choose how much money we spend in different areas each year. For more detailed control over an area's budget choose More detail.
Change the pay levels for council staff. The slider is limited. If you wish to make a larger adjustment it will have a significant effect on services, so please go to the ‘Where we spend our money’ area.
We have a number of ways that we can generate money. Choose how you would like us to bring money in.
The council currently charges for some refuse collection services, such as commercial waste, clinical waste and some household waste. The council also issues fines for littering and fly-tipping.
Grounds maintenance staff provide gardening services such as pruning trees and cutting grass in public open space areas; a small charge could be made for their services in open spaces not owned or managed by the council. The council also provides a number of public toilet facilities across the area, for which a small charge is payable.
The council receives income from the parking charges levied in its car parks, on-street parking bays and from resident and business permit holders in its controlled parking zones. Additionally it receives income from its enforcement of local parking controls.
The level of income depends on a mixture of type and number of chargeable parking spaces, the level of charges set and the parking enforcement regime. Many councils make a loss on parking services. In order to ensure these services are not subsidised from other budgets the council could increase charges. By law, the Council cannot aim to make a ‘profit’ from on-street parking and enforcement to support other budgets, but if it does make a surplus it is required to use that money for parking and transport facilities in the first instance.
This includes charges for allotments, sporting and leisure facilities, and museums.
This includes fees for planning and building control services, along with property management and public hall lettings.
Users are asked to make a small contribution for attendance at the council's youth clubs and other facilities. There are also other specific services for which a small charge is made, which the council might increase.
We are always looking to be more efficient. Some efficiencies may affect services and staff, and they can be unpopular. Choose the ways you would like us to be more efficient.
Taking a coordinated approach with other local public service partners, to sharing and re-shaping services around customer needs.
The council will continue to review potential opportunities to maximise its purchasing power.
The council will review and release excess space from within its current property/building portfolio.
The council will reduce the cost of service delivery by encouraging increased use of the cheapest online channels.
Explore opportunities to find external providers who may be able to provide an appropriate level of service for less than the council.