Meeting the challenge
There remains much uncertainty about the future structure of council funding. Without exception, all councils are facing difficult financial times, now and in the future, given reductions in funding, increased demand and rising costs.
Austerity has not only reduced council funding but has led to a greater demand on services.
We also have an unprecedented level of pressure on our services, especially from those who need us the most. This includes a greater need for social care services from a growing ‘elderly’ population and increased costs to look after the number of children now in our care.
In order to continue to deliver services we will need to focus our efforts on offering early help to those in need, promote independence and independent living, and provide a better range of preventative services by working more closely with partners and communities.