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We are asking residents and businesses to let us know what they think the council budget should be for 2019/20 by taking part in our budget challenge.

Early in the New Year we will have to set our budget for the 2019/20 financial year but before we do we want your input into what that could look like.

Our strong economy is generating income through business rates and major projects such as York Central and the York Stadium Leisure Complex.  These also help bring in money and keep our economy secure for future generations.

However, next year we need to make estimated savings of £4m - £5m, this is a huge challenge given the fact that we have saved £105m in the past decade, all whilst managing the changing needs and demographics of residents across the city and continuing to provide statutory and frontline services.

This has placed us under significant financial pressure, particularly as we try to meet the changing needs of the city. For instance, the cost of adult social care services continues to rise and next year, indeed, we expect it will account for about half of our overall expenditure.

To address this, the adult social care precept was introduced.  This money will only be spent by our adult social care services to provide services for vulnerable adults across the city.

At the same time, the financial support we receive from central government (in the form of revenue support grant and business rates income) has been cut from 40 per cent of our net budget in 2012/13 to 28 per cent this year. By 2020 we won’t receive any government grant and will be entirely funded by council tax and business rates income.

That means the services we provide will have to be funded from a share of business rates, from the council tax and through any fees and costs it charges.

We’ve tough decisions to make.  Please help our councillors by telling us what decisions you’d make by contributing to our budget consultation.

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The work to plan the council’s finances for the coming year is underway. As in previous years we’re asking for your views in a budget consultation.

We already know that in 2019 there will be further financial challenges and some tough decisions to make. We’ve responded well to those challenges so far and in the last decade we’ve achieved efficiency savings of more than £100 million through careful management of our resources. In the current year alone we have saved £6.1 million. The pressures remain however, and in 2019/20 we need to make estimated savings of £4 million - £5 million.

We previously drafted outline proposals in February 2017 to reduce some of the services we provide, while considering charging more for others. These included a number of proposed changes for 2019/20. These budget proposals can be found at:

Demand for the services we provide continues to rise; mainly because of demographic change and the fact more people are living longer. But at the same time the money we get from central government, our grant, is being cut further. By 2020 we’ll get nothing.

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