Cabinet Budget Proposals for consultation 2018/19 to 2020/21

Budget Proposals 2018/19 to 2020/21

On Monday the 15th January 2018 Calderdale Council’s Cabinet met and agreed its budget plans to 2020/21. Calderdale-Council-logo

The budget sets out how much money is available for the Council to deliver its priorities and services over the next three years, and how that money will be spent. On top of the savings plans already in place, the Council has to reduce expenditure by a further £2.6m in 2018/19 and £8m in from 2019/20 onwards. This will mean making difficult decisions on how to deliver services with less money so we need your help.

You can read the overall consultation budget report, growth & savings proposals and initial Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) by clicking on the links below:

In summary we are proposing to:

  • raise Council Tax by 2.99% next year and add a 3% Social Care Precept on top to pay for care for our vulnerable adult residents
  • reduce the number of managers and other staff by merging teams and moving more services online
  • fund different priorities from the public health budget
  • increase the charges for some services that the Council provides, such as bereavement services
  • reduce some of the money we pay to West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • spend less on IT, staff training and other internal support services

But, we also are putting new investment into some key areas:

  • Winter maintenance/gritting our roads
  • homelessness and destitution
  • deferring planned savings in Waste Services
  • an additional Fire Safety post to enhance Calderdale’s resilience to tragedies, like Grenfell Tower
  • extra funding to continue the Emergency Living Scheme

Your comments and views are important to us. To give yours:

Alternatively, public meetings are currently being organised and these will be publicised when the final arrangements have been made. We are also planning to consult with partner organisations in the voluntary/community sector, bodies representing vulnerable groups and the business community.

Consultation on the budget proposals will run for four weeks and end on Monday 12th February 2018. We would urge as many stakeholders as possible to comment on the proposals set out. If you can see better ways of balancing the books, then of course we want to hear your views and ideas. Final decisions will be made at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 26th February 2018 (6pm start).

Insulate your attic or loft space to save energy and money…

bhy-calderdaleIs your attic room or loft space costing you money?

Did you know that up to 25% of a home’s heat can be lost through the roof?If your attic room or loft space is not properly insulated, you could be wasting money on your energy bills.

Better Homes Calderdale is a scheme that could help make your home warmer and cheaper to heat.

The scheme is available to privately owned and privately rented properties in certain areas of Calderdale.

This offer could provide you with these works free of charge*.

You have received this leaflet as your home is one of those that could be eligible to receive these works.

So how does it work?

We will arrange for one of our assessors to visit you and carry out a full, no obligation survey of your property. This survey usually takes around two hours. During this time, the assessor will explain the scheme in more detail to you and be able to answer any questions that you have.

* All work is subject to survey and resident’s circumstances

This offer is only available for a limited time!

Find out more today: call 0800 597 1500 or 0113 897 0977

 

River Calder Clean Up

On Saturday 14 October Halifax Community wardens Jonny Cato and Zameer Akhtar joined Halifax Canoe Club and Calder Future volunteers for a community river clean up in Sowerby Bridge.

Following a week of rain we were lucky to enjoy a sunny morning picking glass and litter from the beach area and clearing all manner of rubbish from the wooded areas. As well as the danger to local wildlife this kind of rubbish can cause a real risk to canoeists and kayakers.

Finishing up with a well-earned brew and a biscuit in the club house, Jonny and Zameer had a good look at the boats and expressed an interest in the winter pool sessions now available for booking! Keep an eye out for their Calderdale Council high vis jackets sailing by!

Halifax Canoe Club winter pool sessions are available from October 2017 to March 2018 and are suitable for beginners learning to paddle and for those that would like to learn to roll. Course run on Thursday evenings between 7 and 8pm and cost £35 (both adult and junior sessions) for 5 sessions – there’s a £5 winter membership fee for non-members.

More info: http://www.halifaxcanoe.org.uk/about-us/membership/book-winter-pool-session-now/