Press release from EDDC:
‘Careful Choices’ consultation to protect services our customers care about most
Like all councils, East Devon District Council faces a difficult financial situation and going forward will need to make ‘careful choices’ as it works towards bridging a £2.7 million funding gap over the next four years.
Budgets have decreased due to cuts in central government funding and over the last decade, the council has lost 60p in every £1 of government funding.
These reductions coupled with rising demands on our services, continue to impact on everything we do.
‘Careful choices’ is about achieving a shared understanding of the services which the council has to provide even though the Government is no longer funding them. It is also about protecting as best we can other services which people care most about. The council wants your help to make these choices, so we’re asking for your views to help inform decision making by the council.
We’d like you to take part by completing a questionnaire about our services and the consultation is available to complete on our website at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/community-engagement/careful-choices
The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 9 March.
The questionnaire has also been sent to 3,000 randomly selected East Devon households and all the results will be used to help inform decision making about the services and how they are run. More than 600 people have already responded and we’d like to say thank you to them for taking the time to do so.
We’ve already taken significant steps to deal with the reductions in our finances; compared with 10 years ago, we’ve reduced the cost of running our quality services by a total of £4.4 million. We’re also making progress towards bridging the funding gap by:
- actively assessing commercial investment opportunities and ways we can create income from the assets we own;
- generating more income through services such as green waste collections;
- making organisational changes to ensure we are ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver the Council Plan;
- going digital to deliver services as cost effectively as possible.
Cllr Ben Ingham, Leader of the council, said: “These are challenging times for all councils and we are committed to doing everything we can to help lessen the impact of budgetary constraints. It is only by choosing carefully and working together that we will be able to make sure we protect the services we value most. We’re confident that together we can make these ‘careful choices’.”
If you’d prefer a printed version of the questionnaire or need a copy in any other format, please contact Jamie Buckley on 01395 517569 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org