Consultation on proposed budget options

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Purpose The county council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge. Over the next five years to 2020/21 the council needs to make savings of 262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued cuts in funding by Government, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

Based on current spending and forecast demand for services, the council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, even if we no longer continue to deliver any of the non-statutory services. The council will need to rely heavily on reserves in order to set a balanced budget for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

We are now consulting on Cabinet's policy decisions and budget proposals. We would also like to hear your thoughts on any actions that may be taken to mitigate the impact of these policy decisions and budget reductions.

We will be considering your feedback and this will be reported back to the Full Council at their meeting on 11 February 2016 when the budget is set. There will be a second stage of consultations beginning in January, when we will be consulting in more detail when, for example, specific proposals are made in relation to future library provision.
Subject All services
Commissioned by Lancashire County Council
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Consultation with Businesses
Community or voluntary group
Faith communities
General public
Political bodies
Public authorities
Date 10/12/2015 - 18/01/2016
Undertaken by Business Intelligence

Related information

You can find a full list of the Cabinet's policy decisions and budget proposals here:
http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=44566&PlanId=0&Opt=3#AI35594