Peterborough City Council (PCC) has just announced their medium term financial strategy 2020/21 Phase One Budget Proposals and there are some stark decisions being proposed. PCC say “Since the government’s austerity programme began in 2010, the amount of funding that all councils receive has fallen at an alarming rate. In Peterborough, the revenue support grant we get from the Government has dropped by 80 per cent in the last eight years to £10m in 2020/21. This means it will only equate to less than 7 per cent of our overall funding…………….There continues to be tough challenges ahead in delivering a balanced budget. However, we should not lose sight of the continued wide range of services we deliver on a day to day basis and the huge strides forward we have made as a city despite this.” (https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/consultations/budget-consultation/)
Areas where savings could be made which are under review are; care package reviews and assessments, Peterborough Community Assistance Scheme, Healthy Child Programme including hearing screening when a child starts school, Joint commissioning of Integrated Lifestyle Services, Revised Extra Care Contract, Recommissioning children’s centre contracts and Review of school transport costs. All such services relate to support for vulnerable members of the community.
People, communities, charities and third sector organisations are already under pressure and resilience is decreasing with funding pressures everyone is experiencing. It is vitally important people get involved and have say and share alternative suggestions if they have any. You can read the full proposal and have a say here