This section describes the financial challenge faced by the council.
Local Government has experienced significant reductions in funding. Since 2010, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has made savings of £118 million and needs to find a further £60 million over the next 4 years.
To respond to this financial challenge the council has been undertaking a transformation programme across all service areas. The purpose of this programme is to review services, find savings and identify ways to deliver services differently. This involves some difficult decisions about how the council spends the money it has and how it can protect services which are most valued by our residents.
The priorities for East Riding of Yorkshire Council are:
In line with these priorities, the council wants to continue to offer high quality services to its residents whilst making the required savings resulting from reductions in central government funding.
There are continued significant pressures on adult social care budgets. The Government has recognised this national pressure and allowed councils to increase council tax by 2% to support adult social care. However, this increase meets only 55% of the estimated increase in costs in adult social care.
It is important that the council makes the most of emerging opportunities to meet people’s needs in new and different ways, such as providing and improving self-service options to allow residents to interact with the council in more flexible and convenient ways.
The proposal detailed in the document combines work undertaken to review library services and multi service centres. Multi service centres are buildings where a number of services are combined such as libraries and customer services.
The aim is that the council will work more efficiently and provide services at less cost whilst ensuring that services remain suited to the needs of the local community.
The council has opened a number of multi service centres. Services provided include:
Combining services together under one roof in multi service centres means that services can continue to be provided in a convenient way and at a lower cost.