Stoke-on-Trent City Council agreed the budget for 2014/15 on 27 February 2014. The City Council report can be viewed by clicking here.
Proposals to cut £20m from the council’s budget were revealed by council leader Mohammed Pervez on 19 November 2013. The Consultation Document can be accessed here.
The proposals meant that the delivery of some services would change, others reduce, and some jobs unfortunately lost in the next financial year, to meet continued service pressures and funding restrictions imposed by Government.
Prior to drawing up the proposals, the council has – for the first time – carried out a widespread public consultation to find out what services matter most to residents. The results of the My City, My Say exercise have directly shaped the proposals. Further details can be found here.
Following the 19 November launch, a consultation period on the proposals ran until 20 December. The responses to this consultation can be accessed here.
As a direct result of the feedback received some changes to the proposals have been made. Savings in relation to Community Toilets and the restructuring of the Regeneration Team have been removed. The saving relating to the British Ceramics Biennial has been reduced and the saving relating to Gladstone Pottery Museum has been revised.