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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Join In Our Budget Conversation and Have Your Say

Friday, 13 December 2019


Welcome back to my weekly blog, following a brief hiatus to comply with the pre-election laws. As the people of Britain had the opportunity to have their say on our country’s future this week, it’s only appropriate that I start these blogs again by offering you the chance to have your say on Tameside’s future.

From now until 15th January, we’re inviting every resident in Tameside and Glossop to join in our Budget Conversation for 2020-21. As with last year, we’re asking you to think about both the services provided by Tameside Council, and the work in health and social care done by the Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group. You can give your views on our website here. We’re only asking two questions and you can write as little or as much as you want 

Every year the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group spend £935 million on the vital services that many of our residents depend on. While around 18% of this comes from your council tax, the vast majority of the rest of our funding comes directly from the government. Over the past six years, we’ve had to find savings of over £160 million. Since we’re legally required to deliver a balanced budget, it’s estimated that a further £33 million in savings and cuts will be required in 2020-21.

That money pays for many of the services that you expect us to deliver; collecting a quarter of a million bins every week, resolving 33,000 visits to our customer services and 179,000 phone calls a year,  and keeping Tameside moving by maintaining 26,000 street lights, 45,000 road gullies, 1,155 kilometres of pavement and 758 kilometres of carriageways. But it also does so much more as well. It helps us visit 2,470 new mothers to offer help and advice, and at the other end of life, it allows us to provide support for 2,900 residents to live in comfort and dignity in their own homes. That isn’t even including the health services provided by the Clinical Commissioning Group, including 37 GP practices, Tameside Hospital and community-based services such as district nurses and mental health support.

 

We want to provide you with as much information as we can to help you find out as much as possible before you fill in the consultation. Our website contains a number of infographics here about the Council and local NHS, including our main areas of spending, more examples of the services we provide, and how we’re addressing the challenges we face in Tameside and Glossop by finding new ways to invest in services and deliver for the future. We know as well that a lot of residents, especially more elderly ones, may not be as comfortable with using the internet. That’s why council officers will also be hosting a number of drop-in sessions either side of Christmas at libraries, community centres and market halls. The complete list can also be found here, so try and pay us a visit if you happen to be out and about.

All the replies we receive will be carefully recorded and used to inform our annual new Budget, which will be debated by the Full Council at our meeting in February. So make sure you have your say before 15th January. I’d also ask to spread the word about it to any of your family, parents, friends or neighbours who live in Tameside and Glossop as well. There really is no such thing as a stupid answer, and the more replies and information we get the better we will be able to deliver for you, now and in the future.

 

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