Having cut £26 million from Council spending over the last two years, Stockport has to cut another £24 million over the next two, and it doesn’t get any easier – especially as Stockport was a pretty efficient and low-spending council at the start.
The initial proposals are now open for consultation, with the final budget decision being made by councillors next March.
As far as possible, the ruling Lib Dem group are seeking to save money by redesigning services and finding inefficiencies to cut out. But it seems certain some services will be affected – it isn’t possible to cut out that amount of money otherwise. Part of the savings proposals are about what changes and how it’s done.
We want your views on next year’s Council budget – you can see the proposals and comment on them here.