Darlington Borough Council Budget 2016
Setting the Council’s budget 2016
The Council has agreed its budget for 2016/17 to 2019/20. The Council met on Wednesday 29 June to discuss a range of proposals, and this was the conclusion of a consultation that ran from of February 2016. These pages have been updated throughout the consultation with more information, such as frequently asked questions.
In simple terms, we aim to tell you what will stop, what will stay and what services will be like in the future.
On these web pages you can find out more about the proposals and view frequently asked questions.
Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council:
The new budget includes several changes arising from the extensive public consultation. I would like to thank everyone who took the trouble to have their say and I want you to know all your views have been considered and your contribution is valued. The consultation process was unprecedented in the history of this Council, indeed I am not aware of such an extensive process anywhere else in the country.
Sadly, we have been unable to make all the changes that people wanted. Our financial position remains dire as a result of lower grants from Central Government and a host of other pressures. However, what has remained at the heart of these proposals has been our unshakeable desire to minimise the impact of the cuts we are being forced to make on the most vulnerable members of our society.
I am pleased that we have been able to make a number of positive changes to the budget proposals.
The changes include
- Setting aside one-off funding of £100,000 to help reduce the impact on cuts affecting vulnerable groups
- An additional £30,000 for the Crisis Support social fund which helps support vulnerable adults
- Cuts to the bus pass scheme for companions of disabled people will be deferred while a new option is explored
- The implementation of reduced support for disabled children aged 0-3 is being deferred by six months so the service can be redesigned
- Deferring the closure of Cockerton Library and The Bridge Arts Centre until 31 March to allow time for business cases for their futures to be drawn up
- The creation of an Environmental Enforcement team
- Using external funding for cycle and pedestrian training.
None of these decisions have been made easily and I know some of you will be upset that we will no longer be providing the services that you cherish. But I firmly believe, despite these harsh cuts, Darlington will remain a great place to live, work and visit. Now is the time for us all to step up and think what we can do for our community, however large and small to help each other.”
These proposals were discussed at a Special Cabinet meeting at 5pm on Wednesday 22 June before being agreed at a Special Council meeting on Wednesday 29 June.
Cllr Bill Dixon MBE
Leader of the Council