5th January 2022
16th February 2022
Shropshire Council Budget Consultation is open to everyone to respond to. Shropshire Council spends over £554m every year delivering services to our local communities. They spend most of our budget on adults and children’s social care, protecting more vulnerable people in ever more complex and, by necessity, expensive ways. These are services that 97% of the population of Shropshire don’t access directly, yet they are growing in cost at a faster rate than any other areas.
Government funding for services has reduced year on year at the same time that costs are increasing. Income comes from council tax, but this can only go so far. Shropshire Council must set a balanced budget in law and so have little choice other than to raise income from other sources, cut our costs elsewhere, or both. This means asking our communities to pay more in council tax, more in fees and charges, and receive less in services as available funding is redirected to those vital areas most in need – adults and children’s social care.
Further cuts to existing budgets are becoming increasingly difficult. Read at this link further details https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/budget-consultation-20222023/
Shropshire Council is seeking your help in confirming that their budget plans are appropriate in terms of the council tax rises proposed and the headline savings suggested. To have your say, simply click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCBudget2022-23
You can also respond to this engagement survey in writing:
- Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
- Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND
If you’d like the survey in an alternative format, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk and describe the support you need to allow you to respond.
The closing date for comments to be received by us is Wednesday 16 February 2022.
Your thoughts will be considered by full council when they discuss and agree on the final budget on Thursday 24 February 2022.