Why are we consulting
In order to set a balanced budget, the Council must find and deliver £28 million of efficiency savings over the next three years (2019-2022). Carmarthenshire, like other councils across Wales, has faced annual reductions in its funding from Welsh Government year-on-year, whilst having to meet rising costs and increase demands for its services. We have delivered more than £50m of annual cost savings over the last 5 years, at the same time as investing in new and improved facilities such as state-of-the-art schools, the Ffwrnes theatre and Leisure Centres.
In making difficult decisions about its services, the Council would like to hear your views on its proposals. In total, 27 proposals are listed for comment, and will be considered alongside other 'managerial' options such as procurement arrangements, staffing structures and internal/back office functions.
Councillors will consider the preferences expressed in the consultation when the Budget is finally approved by full County Council on 20th February 2019.
How to get involved
During the public consultation period, the Council will be undertaking an extensive consultation exercise, inviting local residents, businesses, community or voluntary organisations to take part.
The Council will be seeking the views of a wide range of representative groups, voluntary and community associations, Town and Community Councils, local businesses and many others.
You can let us know what you think by completing our online budget survey, which asks for your opinion on all 'policy' efficiency saving proposals. The survey also asks for your views on implications the proposals have on you, your family and/or your community. Furthermore, it also asks whether you would accept an increase on your council tax in order to avoid the efficiency proposals.
You can complete the survey online through the link below or by visiting your local library or local customer service centres using the free public access computers. Further information on opening times for all Carmarthenshire libraries and Customer services centres can be found on our website.
Alternatively, hard copies of the survey are available on request by contacting the consultation team on 01267 224692 / 01267 224462. You can share your views as to how the Council should prioritise services, or provide suggestions on making savings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tell us what you think on social media.
All views submitted during the consultation period will be analysed as part of a budget consultation report on the matter. This report will be considered by councillors when setting the 2019/22 council budget.
A copy of the budget consultation report will be available to view on the Council's website in February 2019.