Public urged to have their say as further cuts loom for Sheffield

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, in the council chamber.
Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, in the council chamber.
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Options for the next round of spending cuts by Sheffield Council are set to come under the spotlight at a public event to be held at the Town Hall.

Services face cutbacks of £34.5 million over the next financial year, coming on top of £180 million slashed since 2010 - around 30 per cent of the total.

If no action is taken, the city is projected to be £80 million in arrears by the end of the 2015-16 financial year.

The ‘budget conversation’ event will take place from 6pm until 8pmon on Wednesday, January 15, and replaces a meeting that was postponed last month.

A similar evening was held in September and seeks to give the public and affected groups a say on decisions that must be made by the end of March.

Council leader Julie Dore said: “Over the past few months we have been developing proposals on how the council plans to meet the challenge of balancing the budget, and have been starting to talk with a range of stakeholders.

“This event will provide an opportunity for people to hear where we have got to in the budget setting process.

“It will also provide an opportunity for people to respond to our thinking.”

The evening will include a presentation from city council chief executive John Mothersole on progress made so far.

There will be workshops with cabinet members and senior officers aimed at providing a more detailed picture of what is on the table across a number of areas, followed by a question and answer session.

Cuts are being considered almost across the board, with areas to be discussed including community safety, roads, transport, waste, leisure and libraries, and children’s and young people’s services.

Also on the agenda will be adult social care and public health, funding for voluntary sector and employment, and finance, IT and staffing.

There will be only two places available for each organisation and they must register in advance – but if the event is oversubscribed additional events will be held.