Outline budget proposals looking at how Suffolk County Council may find necessary savings over the next two years will be discussed by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee when it meets on Thursday 26th November.
In proposals that continue to focus on moving forward with the council’s existing transformation programmes, spending cuts have been identified totalling £72million across the next two years.
Proposed savings focus on achieving greater collaboration with partners across the public sector with a view to improving the delivery of social care; working with communities and voluntary groups.
There is also a drive to integrate health and social care services and rationalise back office functions further to use technology and resources more effectively.
Savings in areas that support Suffolk’s youngest and oldest residents have been purposefully kept to an absolute minimum to protect the most vulnerable people. It is proposed to use some of the council’s existing reserves to support these services.
Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Richard Smith is confident that these proposals will not affect frontline service delivery.
He said: “This is a challenging budget but I know it will deliver the savings we need to find over the next two years to ensure we continue providing essential services for residents across the county.
“As part of the budget process, the views of residents and local partners in both the public and private sector are helping us to shape future service delivery and identify where savings can be made.
“These savings proposals enable us to continue transforming our services, working in collaboration across the public sector. We have the right people managing the process as we continue the programme of transformation we began two years ago.
“A final decision will be taken in February 2016 in regards to next year’s budget and discussions continue at this point.”