This coming year Wirral Council continues to face financial challenges which have become more severe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current figures indicate the authority needs to make savings in the region of £16.5m – a budget gap largely caused by the cost of the response to the pandemic. Failure to make these budget savings will mean the council’s expenditure will exceed its income, which is illegal.
As part of this process, a set of budget proposals must be developed and recommendations on a way forward must be proposed. Some of these decisions will be incredibly difficult for Wirral Council, and they want everyone to be able to have their say on the options being put forward.
A Budget Consultation is currently underway, and it is important that everyone that wants to do so can contribute.
You can do this by:
- Logging on to Wirral Council’s Consultation Portal where you can complete the survey, ask questions, or share your budget saving ideas.
- Alternatively, you can email your question or idea to the budget email at BudgetConsult@wirral.gov.uk
Wirral Council want you to use this opportunity to advise them on these options and if you have ideas on how they can save money or raise additional income, they are eager to listen.
The consultation closes on 22nd January, following which your feedback will be considered by the Policy and Resources Committee, who will decide on a set of budget proposals to be recommended to the full council in March 2021.
The last year has been incredibly difficult but has shown how important the council is to the residents and businesses in Wirral. But now, as we look to the future, we must look at how the council can continue to provide vital frontline services that so many depend on, particularly in times of crisis such as COVID-19.