Councillors to discuss savings projections

Councillors to discuss savings projections Image

Dundee City Council could be faced with savings of nearly Β£70 million over the next three years, councillors will be told at a meeting of the policy & resources committee.

The Financial Outlook 2018-21 report outlines projections that may be required to achieve a balanced budget, based on possible reductions in the grant the council receives from the Scottish Government.

Over a three year period, the projected cumulative savings range from Β£54.1 million based on a 3% grant reduction, Β£61.9 million on a 4% reduction and Β£69.6 million on a 5% reduction.

Council leader and convener of the committee Councillor John Alexander said: β€œThese projections have been produced to allow us to better plan how to make efficiencies and shape services for the future.

β€œWe are working hard to produce a balanced budget but there are a number of risks and uncertainties around this process. These include the impact of Brexit, the performance of the Scottish economy and the policies of both the UK and Scottish Governments.

β€œI am absolutely determined to do the very best we can for the people of this city.

β€œWe need to develop better ways of delivering services to meet these significant financial challenges, building on our strong partnerships with agencies across the city in innovative and pioneering projects.

β€œOur ambition for Dundee remains undiminished and we are committed to making the city a better place for everyone.

β€œWe cannot shirk the hard work that lies ahead to adapt our services in the face of serious pressures.”

Finance secretary Derek Mackay is due to make a budget announcement in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday December 14, three days after the policy and resources committee meets on Monday December 11.

The report explains to councillors that a further update will come to the policy and resources committee in January, detailing the actual grant settlement for 2018-19 and the process for setting the revenue budget and council tax.

Councillor Alexander added: β€œWe have a responsibility to clearly explain the financial position of the council and the implications this will have for everyday service delivery.

β€œWe will also be providing regular updates to the general public and our staff in the lead up to the setting of the council’s revenue budget and the council tax.

β€œI would stress to the people of Dundee that we are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding a way forward for our council.”

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