North Yorkshire residents are being urged to give their views on the county council’s approach to making savings. People can take part in the Your Services, Your Say annual budget consultation. online at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget
County Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “We welcome the chancellor’s announcement of new money for social care and that austerity is coming to end. However, demand for our services continues to increase and we know our total funding is still reducing.
“As a result of demand increasing and our total funding decreasing, we estimate that by the end of austerity, every £1 we had to spend on services will have fallen to about 60p. That’s why it is really important that people take part in this consultation and we hear what they think.’’
With responsibility for the welfare and education of more than 128,000 children and young people in North Yorkshire, the council spends £88m on children’s services every year, £22m of that on home-to-school transport alone.
The council also supports thousands of older people and younger adults, including people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental ill health, as well as their carers. Adult social care services are delivered in numerous ways and include prevention, reablement and supporting people to live independently in their own homes as well as living in residential and nursing care.
The council spends about 40 per cent of its overall budget on public health and adult social care, supporting people to live longer, healthier, more independent lives.
More than £100m is spent every year on areas such as waste, highways and winter gritting and the council is responsible for one of the largest and most diverse road networks in England, covering 5,800 miles of roads and 1,630 bridges. The council is also responsible for disposing of the household waste collected by district councils, processing 6,000 tonnes of black bag waste every week at the Allerton Waste Recovery Park.
The projected budget shortfall of nearly £200m by 2021-22 has been met in part by the council achieving £157m of savings so far. However, a further £40m will need to be found to meet the remaining funding gap. In response to this, the council’s annual budget consultation summarises service priorities and seeks people’s views on the proposed savings approach for 2019-20.
Find out more about the council’s money and how it is spent and have your say on the council’s savings challenge at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget
Take part by Monday, 21 January, to make sure your views are considered by the council’s executive when it meets on 29 January. Responses received after this date will still be included and shared with the full council when it meets on Wednesday, 20 February.
If you are unable to access the survey online, you can talk to the council’s customer service team on 01609 780780.