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Bedford Borough plans to make more savings

Bedford Borough Council (BBC) has announced that it needs to identify savings of nearly £21 million by 2024. This is on top of £99 million that the council has already saved.

Central government cuts and a rise in demand for some of its services means it faces difficult times and some very tough decisions.

In 2016 the Council agreed an ‘Efficiency Plan’ which built on the many savings proposals it has implemented over a number of years.

This Plan identified three key areas where BBC planned to make further savings:

  1. Its new operating model was expected to save £10.3 million by offering more services in a digital way which would allow changes to internal processes and ways of working.
  2. Savings proposals suggested by Council service areas were expected to save a further £9.6 million.
  3. Buying goods and services better, renegotiating many of our contracts and other changes to how BBC finances Council services was expected to save a further £4 million.

Council says that it is on track

BBC says that it is still on track to deliver these savings, however despite introducing these measures it still has ongoing pressures on a number of services including Adult Social Care.

This is an area where there are increased pressures from an ageing population with ever more complex needs.

In addition to making the savings described earlier BBC has committed an additional £11 million to providing the Adult Social Care services Borough residents need including increased early intervention, preventative and reablement services.

How to have your say

BBC wants to know residents’ views on its budgets. You can email, write, or go online.

Write to: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP

Comments should be received by Friday 1 February 2019 and may be published.

Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Full Council as part of its budget setting process at its meeting of 6 February 2019.