Hand Pound SignThe Budget 2015/16
The Vale of Glamorgan Council, along with other public and third sector organisations, is currently operating in a very challenging financial climate due to significant reductions in funding and increasing demand for services
The money that pays for council services comes from two sources; an annual grant from Welsh Government and the money we raise each year from council tax. This money then pays for the cost of delivering Council services. 46% of the Council's budget is spent on education; 24.5% on social services; 10.5% on waste, parks and highways; 6.5% on public protection services; 2.5% on planning and transport; 2% on economic development and leisure; the remaining 8% is spent on all other costs.
Central government's austerity drive has created a period of unprecedented financial pressure on the public sector. The Vale of Glamorgan Council estimates that we will have to find more than £32 million of savings in total over the next three years. This represents 15% of the Council's total budget.
As the Council is currently bound by the Welsh Government's pledge to protect spending on schools, many other areas of the Council will face cuts of at least 24%.
Council tax in the Vale is below the Welsh national average and the amount we receive per resident from Welsh Government is one of the lowest in Wales. Despite this, we have an excellent track record of delivering services economically and efficiently, even though our budget has been steadily reducing for several years. The Council has made savings of over £28 million in the past five years; £4.9 million in 2010/11, £8.1 million in 2011/12, £3.9 million in 2012/13, £4.4 million in 2013/14, and £7.4 million in 2014/15.
The Council has begun a programme of reviewing all of its services. We asked residents, town and community councils and other important stakeholders to share their views on how the Vale of Glamorgan Council can meet the challenge presented by central government cuts. A budget priorities survey was available online between November 2014 and January 2015. We invited members of the Vale Viewpoint Citizen's Panel to attend focus groups to discuss a number of topics relating to the budget. The views gathered informed the Council's revenue budget for 2015/16 and the wider programme of change entitled Reshaping Services.
The final revenue budget for 2015/16 was agreed by the Council's Cabinet on 23 February 2015 and by full Council on 4 March 2015.
A report detailing the progress of the strategy to date has recently been discussed by the Council's Cabinet.
Links to the relevant reports can be found below.