£61m more town hall cuts heading our way

Sheffield town hall
Sheffield town hall

Sheffield City Council is preparing to make savings of £61million next year.

Planning has started on another round of town hall cuts. After a shrinking of the budget by a quarter over the past five years, it will inevitably mean more job losses. Some 1,452 have been lost since 2010-11, some through retirement, resignation and transfer to contractor Amey.

The latest cuts will also put even more pressure on services such as leisure and libraries, which are not protected to the same extent as the likes of education and social care.

A public meeting will be held at Sheffield town hall next Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm as part of a public consultation programme.

Cuts in government support for 2015-16 are estimated at around £38million. Then there is an estimated £23million to be found as a result of population changes, rising demand for services, new legislation and inflation.

Already potential savings are being explored linked to the council’s expiry of its contract with Capita, which currently runs many of the council’s financial transactions, and the integration of health and social care. In a message to staff, chief executive John Mothersole says: “If we are to continue to support the people of Sheffield effectively, and maintain our commitment to the growth and development of the city with reduced resources, we have to change how we operate. We have to be intelligent and innovative in our approach, and be able to respond quickly to our changing environment.”

Mr Mothersole and finance chief Coun Ben Curran will be at the meeting. Booking essential: 0114 2735417.