Budget 2017 to 2020 consultation

The consultation

We are seeking your views on the financial situation Bury Council must face over the next three years. 

You can get involved in the consultation as follows. 

The consultation ends on 31 January 2017.   

Background information

Under the Government's austerity programme, local authorities have been subject to ongoing funding reductions since 2010. Coupled with increasing service pressures such as social care, Bury Council has been required to make cuts totalling £65 million since 2010. This represents 46% of what the Council's budget was in 2010.

This trend is set to continue until at least the end of the current Parliament, with a further 24% reduction in funding proposed, whilst continuing economic and demographic pressures put ever greater strains on our shrinking resources.

We estimate that Bury Council will have to make cuts of at least £32 million over the next three years in order to set a legal, balanced, and sustainable budget.

To provide certainty and stability, we intend to set a 3 year budget in February 2017, recognising that many service reform measures cannot be implemented in a single financial year, and will need time to develop and bed in.

Despite the financial challenges we face, Bury Council has a proud record of delivering quality services, with a high degree of resident satisfaction, underpinned by strong financial management.

The 2017-2020 budget consultation pack 

For more detailed information about the budget consultation pdf icon download the 2017-2020 budget consultation pack [1Mb]. This includes:

  • Bury Council's vision
  • Key information regarding Bury Council's budget
  • Cuts since 2010
  • How much services cost
  • Budget proposals for 2017 to 2020
  • Key timelines for developing and approving the 3 year budget.

Alternative formats

If you require the budget consultation pack in an alternative format, please contact us on 0161 253 5696.