The Consultation is now closed.
Welcome to Trafford Council’s budget information and consultation webpages. As a Council we are changing and are reshaping how we are structured, how we operate and how we deliver services to you.
Across these pages you will find information about the Council’s budget position and introduction to the proposals we are consulting on as well as information about how to join the conversation and provide feedback.
Message from Council Leader, Councillor Sean Anstee
Dear resident/business owner,
Thank you for taking the time to visit the 2016/17 budget consultation website.
The second phase of our budget consultation begins on 17 November 2015 and closes on 16 December 2015.
Over the past five years, the Council has had to find new and innovative solutions in order to maintain Council services within a reduced budget. This has been difficult, and there is no sign of this challenge lessening.
We have communicated with you previously about the financial pressures the Council is facing, as all councils across the country are. Our challenge this year is to find an additional £21m (14%) savings from our budget for 2016/17. We have always been open about our position and have consulted with you on our proposals – especially where changes could directly affect the local environment or the service you receive from us.
In September, we came and spoke to you as part of phase one of our consultation on the 2016/17 budget, about the options available to us and you provided some great and valuable feedback and ideas either at one of our consultation events or online.
The feedback from phase one has enabled us to shape firm proposals to present to you for further discussion in this second phase of the consultation. These proposals are available in our draft budget report in full which is available on this website. We have summarised some of these proposals on this website, along with some of the options available to us, to support you in providing feedback.
Your feedback really does count and we have changed our proposals in the past as a result of very valid comments you have raised. For example, last year we retained a large number of our school crossing patrols after re-assessing our proposal following consultation.
We are also pleased with the ideas and solutions our communities, businesses and voluntary groups have come up with. This has seen some incredible successes with Hale, Timperley and Lostock libraries remaining open and redevelopment opportunities coming forward as a result of innovative proposals.
Not only this, but also the impact volunteers, working alongside Council staff, are having in our local libraries is such a positive outcome, providing local people with the chance to support others within their community and enabling us to continue to provide these services. These innovative ideas, together with other fantastic community commitments such as: the taking over of Stretford Town Hall; community ambassadors supporting the #BeResponsible campaign to transform the physical environment of some of our neighbourhoods; and commitments to develop a Youth Trust which will see continued investment in youth provision, are just a small number of the ways we are working in partnership across Trafford.
Despite our budget challenges, we are still achieving great results. Ofsted has judged our children’s services joint highest in the country and our Youth Offending services received an equally top judgement from the Probation Service.
We have seen substantial savings through achieving efficiencies, changing our service delivery models and reducing costs still further by working collaboratively with our partner agencies and other councils. We have also won awards for our innovative public sector working. However we now need to think more broadly, be bolder and braver in our approach. Just like our decision to join forces with Amey this year which has seen the launch of the ‘One Trafford Partnership’ providing a valuefor money environmental, asset management and highways service.
As always we will look to maximise the amount of income and funding we can attract and you will see that our proposals reflect this wherever possible to minimise impact on other services. The income we generate will be reinvested back into services.
Change is always difficult and can sometimes be hard to absorb initially, however, I would urge you to be open minded about the proposals and constructively contribute to the consultation.
Our primary aim is to continue to provide high quality, efficient and effective services to those who need them most and to make sure that, for all Trafford residents, Trafford remains an aspirational and great place to live and work.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.