Budget Survey 2023

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Powys County Council provides a wide range of services to our communities, spending over £545m every year, mainly on statutory services, which we must provide by law.

The Council will face severe financial pressures in the coming financial year and for the foreseeable future, pressures that will dominate the way council services are delivered for many years to come.

“It is inevitable that these pressures will change the way we operate, the council of the past is no longer sustainable. We must adapt if we are to survive and as part of our future planning we want to hear from as many people as possible to help us shape future budget direction,” said Cllr David Thomas, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Transformation.

“The bleak picture facing Powys is not unique to the county, local government throughout Wales is facing the same pressures. The Welsh Local Government Association in its response to the autumn statement said the country’s local authorities faced a £411 million blackhole in the coming financial year.

"The pressures mean that next year (2024-25) we will need to reduce our spending and increase our income to balance the budget to continue to provide the services we all rely upon. The Welsh Government will provide some additional funding and we will have to consider raising Council Tax to raise additional funds, but these alone will not bridge the gap in our budget."

To balance the budget next year, we will have to take out more than £20m of costs and we would like your input into how best we can do this. It will have an impact on the services we offer but by doing things differently we can reduce our costs.

We need you to help us shape what the council could look like. It will be a smaller council, but it is essential that we prioritise the services to those that need our support most. Doing things differently can help us use the money we have more effectively.

Your views will help us determine what the council will look like.

Please complete the short survey below which suggests the changes we are having to consider.

The closing date is 7th January.

Powys County Council provides a wide range of services to our communities, spending over £545m every year, mainly on statutory services, which we must provide by law.

The Council will face severe financial pressures in the coming financial year and for the foreseeable future, pressures that will dominate the way council services are delivered for many years to come.

“It is inevitable that these pressures will change the way we operate, the council of the past is no longer sustainable. We must adapt if we are to survive and as part of our future planning we want to hear from as many people as possible to help us shape future budget direction,” said Cllr David Thomas, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Transformation.

“The bleak picture facing Powys is not unique to the county, local government throughout Wales is facing the same pressures. The Welsh Local Government Association in its response to the autumn statement said the country’s local authorities faced a £411 million blackhole in the coming financial year.

"The pressures mean that next year (2024-25) we will need to reduce our spending and increase our income to balance the budget to continue to provide the services we all rely upon. The Welsh Government will provide some additional funding and we will have to consider raising Council Tax to raise additional funds, but these alone will not bridge the gap in our budget."

To balance the budget next year, we will have to take out more than £20m of costs and we would like your input into how best we can do this. It will have an impact on the services we offer but by doing things differently we can reduce our costs.

We need you to help us shape what the council could look like. It will be a smaller council, but it is essential that we prioritise the services to those that need our support most. Doing things differently can help us use the money we have more effectively.

Your views will help us determine what the council will look like.

Please complete the short survey below which suggests the changes we are having to consider.

The closing date is 7th January.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

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