Feedback urged on cost cutting proposals for Barnsley Council budget

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Residents of Barnsley East still have another week to give their feedback on cost cutting proposals for its future council.

Barnsley council is set to change the way it works from April 2015. Information about the proposed changes is available from the council website.

Having saved £59 million over the past four years, the council said it had achieved a great deal in the face of increasing austerity. Now facing further government cuts, it has to save a further £28 million in the next two years, while still improving services and protecting Barnsley’s most vulnerable people.

A council spokesman said: “The council has taken this opportunity to make radical changes to the way it works, by looking at every aspect of its activity and thinking about how it can be done differently or for less. The council plans to launch an efficient, sustainable Future Council on April 1 2015.

“Things the council plans to do more of include creating more and better jobs, attracting investment, helping people get into work, and creating community hubs with many services in one place.

“It will keep doing many things people are used to, such as keeping the traffic flowing on the roads, filling pot holes, repairing roads, emptying bins, maintaining parks, and safeguarding vulnerable people.”

The council has also pledged that things that will be done differently include helping people to do more online, helping them to stay at home for longer, creating a single contact centre and keeping library services under review.

There are some things the council will stop doing including printing meeting papers, producing its Open Door magazine, delivering services where they can be delivered more cost effectively by, or with, others, and the mobile library service may also be stopped under the proposals.

The council spokesman further added: “The changes we need to make in Barnsley will be significant. We’re looking at everything we do and considering how we can do it better and for less money.

“We want to share this with you to get your feedback. By working together we can get the best for Barnsley. We can make it a better place to live, work and do business.

“You’ve told us you want to be involved in any changes taking place, so please give us your feedback on our ideas about doing things differently.

Having saved £59 million in the past four years, we’ve achieved a great deal in the face of increasing austerity, continuing to meet the national reductions to our revenue funding.

People can give their feedback until January 2.

Information is available at www.barnsley.gov.uk/futurecouncil, or people can pick up a printed copy from their local library or council information point.