Have your say on Bristol’s 2022 to 2023 budget

“Financial pressures” mean there is a potential £23 million budget gap

Bristol City Council is calling for residents to have their say about the city’s 2022-2023 budget.

The consultation is seeking views on how the council can protect the services local residents value most – while also looking at ways to become more cost efficient.

With a potential £23 million budget gap – residents are being asked to comment on the council’s planned saving proposals – as well as on next year’s council tax levels and social care precept.

Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance, Cllr Craig Cheney, said: “The financial pressures we’re facing as a city are significantly linked to the pandemic and increasing social care costs. However, as a local authority we are not alone in this position. The last year and a half has seen councils across the country come under great financial pressure to deliver valued services.

“This is why we’re keen to hear from as many Bristol residents as we can in order to help us find additional ways to save money, including through working more efficiently and looking for ways to generate more income. Your voices are an essential part of that to ensure we can make these savings but continue to deliver high-quality services for everyone.”

The council is considering the following areas to make savings – and will further consult on these if any changes are proposed:

  • Reviewing all council-owned property deciding if it is making best use of it and if it is being run efficiently.
  • Making the council more business-like, for example by charging the going market rate for chargeable services, and seeking grant/external funding for services.
  • Improving efficiency by potentially joining up some council services, removing unnecessary duplication, and getting best value from suppliers.
  • Making more use of digital technology to help remove or reduce costs.
  • Reducing the need for direct services by enabling other organisations, communities, and individuals to take things on.
  • Redesigning, reducing or stopping services where this is feasible. 

The results of the public consultation will be considered when preparing the draft plans that will be presented to Cabinet in January and debated at Full Council in February.

A short video message from Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees is available on YouTube.

The budget consultation is open until Friday 17 December and can be completed on Bristol City Council’s website.