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Evolution to meet challenge of change: Your chance to comment

Since cuts in funding by the Government in 2009 the council has met a huge austerity challenge laid before it and saved £2.4 million.

It has now published its working document for balancing its budgets over the next four years in order to find projected additional net spending reductions of £2.2 million by 2020. The Government has announced a 53 per cent reduction in funding to local government by 2020.

The Council's Transformation Programme includes a number of suggestions for making savings and generating income, but comes with the health warning that it will evolve as circumstances change, some schemes identified may change as projects develop and it will be under constant review.

They include headline items such as removing the £70,000 cost of footway lighting. The borough council has been undertaking initial consultation with parish councils about this - some have indicated they may be willing to take on the cost and some have no concerns about footway lighting not being available. None have raised objections. Footway lighting is not the same as street lighting, which is a county council highways responsibility.

There is also a proposal to reduce spending on public toilets by 75 per cent, saving £150,000 a year, by looking at how costs could be reduced through a number of initiatives including introduction of community toilet schemes where some finance would be made available for toilets in commercial premises, such as shops, to be accessed by the public.

Click on the pdf icon below to see the transformation programme.

1) Do you agree that these are the areas that the council should be looking to transform in order to save money?

2) Are there other areas that you think should be added?

You can email comments now to transformation@boston.gov.uk or in writing to Transformation, Boston Borough Council, FREEPOST PHQ17, Boston PE21 8BR or hand deliver to reception.

 

Related documents

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[19kb] Transformation Programme 2016 Transformation Programme 2016

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.