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Budget consultation

Thank you for all of your comments, the consultation for our 2014-2015 budget proposals is now closed.

The results of the consultation will be published online and the submissions will be discussed at a council meeting in February.

We have already found £4.5 million of savings since 2010 but we continue to face an extremely difficult financial situation, with further heavy cuts in national government funding leaving the council with savings of £5.5 million to find by 2017.

Our proposals for the coming year are based on:

  • completing our programme of efficiency reviews across all our services to generate a further £2 million savings by April 2015.
  • deleting vacant posts and other potential staffing reductions.
  • increasing income from using our buildings more efficiently including renting out space in our Military Road offices.
  • increasing the number of services we offer online and smarter procurement.
  • proposed increases in charges the council makes for some of its services, continuing with the approach, approved in consultation with residents, towards more of a user pays system. This involves charging more for services that are only used by a small proportion of residents so that the cost doesn’t fall mainly on the general taxpayer.
  • proposed increases in some of its parking charges. Charges have not risen in Canterbury for two years and the increases are in line with the council’s policy of encouraging people to use park and ride to reduce inner city congestion and reduce pollution. We are also proposing the reclassification of the Gorrell Tank car park as a short stay car park.
  • Increasing the city council part of the council tax by two per cent. Only 12 per cent of the total amount paid comes to the city council.

This consultation closed on 23 December. 

Peter Lee, Portfolio holder for Finance, introduces this year's budget proposals:

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