We are currently looking at our Budget recommendations. Budget engagement will follow once proposals have been approved.

 

  • MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL PLAN Report (outlines the current budget context and process) discussed at Cabinet  -Wednesday 7th November 2018
  • Proposals will be provided to members of Cabinet at a Special Cabinet meeting – Wednesday 19thDecember 2018
  • Public consultation commences – Wednesday 19th December  2018 – Thursday January 31st 2019
  • Monmouthshire Budget set – Thursday 7th March.

Have your say

We aim to ensure everyone has access to share their views on our proposals.

Information will be provided to the public via a variety of methods including face to face meetings with groups, our website, our social media channels, Select Committees and visits to Town and Community Councils.

If you require more information about the engagement process please contact  contact@monmouthshire.gov.uk

We stream all of our meetings live – click here to watch on our YouTube channel. 

 

Leader of the Council Cllr Peter Fox has recently shared his thoughts on the 19/20 Budget Settlement in a regular column in the South Wales Argus.

The thoughts of Cllr Peter Fox, Leader of the Council 

‘We often deliver our much-valued public services via a partnership of organisations, ensuring they are efficient, effective and reach everyone so no person is left behind.  For instance, at Monmouthshire County Council we work closely with Gwent Police, the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales, the local health board, voluntary bodies, town and community councils and others who all play crucial roles to benefit our communities. By working together, networking and playing to our strengths we provide good services and value for money.’

‘This is why I consider the recent draft budget settlement for local government to be a lost opportunity.  For the ninth year in succession the Welsh Government has cut council budgets, meaning our ability to advance crucially important services like social care and education is severely curtailed.  Ironically, Welsh Government legislation like the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act places a heavy responsibility on councils to improve our social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being, yet it starves us of the very resources required to do so.  Monmouthshire is among five of the 22 Welsh local authorities receiving the greatest budget reduction.  Our budget has been slashed by 1% and when inflation is taken into account and the impact of wage, pension and demographic pressures are factored in the cut is considerably deeper.  Not that matters are much better elsewhere – those few councils with the better deals have been awarded an increase of below half a percent.’

‘Properly funded councils are in a strong position to carry out the provisions of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.  Functions like our library, museum, countryside, public transport, community hub and leisure services greatly contribute to people’s health and well-being, combatting loneliness while providing opportunities for a fuller life, better opportunities, better mental health and improved fitness.’

‘In addition, properly funded councils can participate effectively in joined-up government and improve outcomes by preventing problems at source or intervening at an early stage before matters deteriorate. 

For example, early involvement and home treatment for older persons, the vulnerable or those with mental health problems can reduce hospital admissions, shorten hospital stays and require fewer high-cost intensive interventions.  This results in considerable savings.’

‘The current system of funding is merely storing problems for the future and in the interests of our communities I shall continue to call for a more reasonable scheme for councils.  We desperately need a fairer, more balanced way of financing public services which considers the bigger picture rather than the outdated approach of the Welsh Government.  Unless things change and Welsh Government responds positively when finalising the budget settlement for local government the council will have to make difficult decisions when setting its budget next year and in sustaining those services that are so valued and essential to our communities.