The Council is progressing with an ambitious programme of improving the delivery of more efficient and effective services whilst delivering savings of up to £25m over the next three years.
The Council aims to do this through internal efficiency work and developing new business models for delivering services. To help achieve this, the Council has engaged Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) to assist with developing and implementing the programme over the next three years.
To assist with delivering this year’s budget, the Council is working with PwC to identify £1.5m in year savings for 2015/16. On the 27th May 2015 the Overview and Scrutiny Committees considered a range of business cases. Comments and recommendations from those meetings were considered by Cabinet on the 2nd June 2015.
The draft business cases were amended to include comparative data used to identify proposals prior to consultation. A consultation document, in a survey format, was prepared to help people comment on each of the proposals.
The survey was open from the 10th to 30th of June 2015 both on-line and in paper form and almost all of the responses were made on line. In general, where a choice is given between current, average and high benchmarked figures the responses are quite consistently in favour of maintaining the current fee if it is higher than the average and moving to the benchmarked average if the current fee is lower (unless the difference is very small).
The views expressed are summarised briefly in the analysis report that can be seen here in the form of graphs or brief quotations from the comments fields. A total of 308 responses were received:
Consideration was given to the consultation and analysis report by Overview and Scrutiny Committees on the 14th, 15th and 16th of July 2015 and Ceredigion County Council Cabinet on the 28th of July 2015.
Fees and Charges Approved
In a meeting on Tuesday 8 September 2015, Ceredigion County Council agreed to the level of some fees and charges.
The bulk of the fees were decided upon in a Cabinet meeting on 28 July 2015, with the final five fees being decided in the 8 September 2015 Cabinet meeting.
The fees that were decided upon can be seen in full here: