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The Challenge: Our Initial Budget Proposals for 2019/20

Isle of Anglesey County Council is again, this year, striving to balance a hugely challenging budget.

The Authority faces a funding gap of around £7m before any increase in Council Tax during 2019/20 with further reductions in the grant we receive from the Welsh Government expected over the coming years.

The provisional interim financial settlement from the Welsh Government for 2019/20 showed an overall drop in funding for local authorities in Wales.

However, the Isle of Anglesey County Council faces a number of other demands – including teachers pay award, pay inflation and general price inflation. The number of looked after children is also expected to increase. (shown by the left column of the diagram on page 4).

The grant we will receive from the Welsh Government is expected to fall by 1% and the extra income created by raising Council Tax (shown by the right column of the diagram on page 5) will not be enough to meet these demands and the costs linked to them.

As a result, even after allowing for a 5% increase in Council Tax, we will still have to find savings of around £5.3m. Around £3.7m of savings have been identified, which leaves and extra £1.6m to be funded, through extra cuts or by increasing the income generated by Council Tax.

Our aim is to ensure a balanced Budget, which will help to try and protect council services from more cuts in 2020/21 and 2021/22 when the funding we receive from Cardiff Bay is likely to be a lot less.

We have worked across the council, with our elected members (County Councillors) to develop a number of ways to make savings and to generate money to help plug the funding gap. These proposals add up to almost £4m and it has been agreed that approximately £3m of these savings are to be consulted upon.

The remaining £1m includes specific issues that have either been or in the process of being addressed and include the following:

  • Closure and sales of buildings e.g. Plas Penlan
  • Outsource more care packages
  • Transfer services to other providers e.g. public toilets
  • Restructure or remove vacant posts from within a number of Services

A seven-week Budget consultation (12 November – 31 December) is now underway and it is very important that Anglesey residents have their say.

You can read our consultation document - The Challenge: Initial Budget Proposals 2019/20 - which includes a list of all the savings and income generation proposals, as a PDF document below.

The feedback from this consultation will be reported to county councillors before they make their final Budget decision in February 2019. A summary of your responses will also be available on the Council’s website.

You can respond to this consultation by completing the survey below.

We have divided the survey into the types of savings, so you can comment on the proposals which interest or affect you the most. You do not have to comment on every proposal unless you wish to do so. You can complete the surveys by clicking the links below:

Alternatively, you can send any comments to budgetconsultation@anglesey.gov.uk

Or write to us at:

The Challenge: Budget Consultation 2019/20,
Chief Executive’s Office,
Isle of Anglesey County Council,
Council Offices,
Llangefni,
LL77 7TW

The consultation ends on Monday, December 31st 2018.

*** You can read the full Draft Revenue Budget 2019/20 report that went before the Executive here and watch a webcast of this meeting here ***

The proposed efficiency savings and income generation proposals form part of our drive to ensure enough funding is available to achieve our corporate priorities as set out in the new Council Plan 2017-22.

Contact the Policy Unit

Chief Executive's Office
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Council Offices
Llangefni
Anglesey
LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752140
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