By 2014 Warwickshire County Council will have to make unprecedented savings of at least £66 million and we will have to take some difficult decisions.
Over £2m must be saved from early years services. Consultation into proposals to make this savings by introducing an Early Years Offer and changing the way Children’s Centre are governed is taking place from June – August 2013. This document provides an overview of the key points raised in the consultation and an outline of the financial challenges.
The Integrated Disability Service (IDS) short breaks and social care services are being remodelled to meet recommendations set out in the Children and Families Bill 2013 and to make essential savings of £1.7m from the service budget. How this might happen is currently under consultation.
The biggest transformation in the history of Warwickshire’s Library Service is now underway and everyone is being urged to have their say. A 12-week consultation has begun, and to ensure every person living in the county has the opportunity to air their views on the proposals, the details will not only be on the web, but there will also be displays, posters, roadshows and community events.
In adult social care, we will need to close a spending gap of at least £20 million by 2014. By doing things differently and transforming our services we believe we can support more people to lead independent lives and continue to protect the vulnerable.
The speed and magnitude of this financial challenge requires large scale reform. In the light of the requirement by Government every local authority has had to review all areas of spending. As a consequence, it is no longer possible for the County Council to continue subsidising bus services to the same extent as previous years.
15th February 2011
The budget for 2011/2012 was set at a meeting of Warwickshire County Council on 15 February. The latest Facing the Challenge document describes the scale of the challenges ahead.
Proposed revenue and capital budget resolutions for 2011/12
3rd February 2011
Proposals for the revenue and capital budgets for 2011/12.
Equality impact assessments for the budget and proposed savings
3rd February 2011
Equality impact assessments investigate the possible results of the proposed savings on people, in respect to disability, gender or racial equality. It helps assure that people’s needs are taken into account when decision are made.
Feedback from YouChoose
More than 400 people made their own spending plans for Warwickshire County Council by completing the YouChoose budget simulator between November and December last year.
Statement from the Leader of the Council
2nd November 2010
At the meeting of Full Council on 2 November, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Alan Farnell, made a statement on the impact on Warwickshire County Council of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Facing the Challenge
November release of the Facing the Challenge newsletter. This contains a message from Cllr Alan Farnell, Leader of the Council, and an outline of how the council plans to deal with the need to make savings